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3 Week Old Chicks

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Chicken Wisper, Mar 21, 2012.

  1. Chicken Wisper

    Chicken Wisper Hatching

    Mar 21, 2012
    Hi What about raising 3 week old chickens and introducing them to an older mixed breed flock?[​IMG]

  2. Domestic_goddess

    Domestic_goddess Songster

    Mar 26, 2009
    In my oppinion they are to young to introduce them to an older flock. I would have pens close together so they can see eachother for a while before integrating them. I always wait until they are almost full grown before integrating them, by then they can better defend themselves. Good luck!
  3. Gvnam

    Gvnam Chirping

    Sep 16, 2011
    I waited until mine were about 3 months old and then just chucked them in with the other chickens. They sorted everything out after about a week :p
  4. Fierlin1182

    Fierlin1182 powered-flight

    Aug 26, 2011
    It might be best to have a transition period where you only leave them out with the flock during the day, and bring them back in for the night. That'll give the older chickens time to get used to the new additions, while also giving the chicks a break every day. :p

    But you should be okay, despite the fact that the picking might seem bad at first.
  5. Highland Moongazer

    Highland Moongazer Songster

    Jul 9, 2009
    Marshall, NC
    I made an area in the coop with a hole just large enough for a smaller chicken or babies can squeeze through. It's made of regular wire so they can still see what's going on and if it's going to get too chilly I can put a heat lamp over top of them.
    It's most useful for those randomly extra-stinky batches of babies that make the entire house reek and the husband give that special look that hints of stew.
  6. felidaet

    felidaet Songster

    Dec 10, 2008
    Vancouver, Wa.
    My opinion is that 3 weeks is way too young to try to integrate into a flock with older birds. They likely are not even feathered enough to put outside yet unless you live in a very warm area. I agree that they need to be close to the same size as the older birds before attempting to integrate. As someone else mentioned, I put them in pens side by side for a few weeks before integrating. Then one day I take down the fence separating them and they integrate smoothly

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