6 week olds in coop with big girls looky no touchy

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by imneva, May 15, 2019.

  1. imneva

    imneva Songster

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    they have been there for 2 weeks. When do you suppose I can release them into general population? 4 - 6 weekers and 10 -10 Monthers. They will have a few spots only they can get into I was thinking another week or 2. The big girls pretty much ignore them. Any thoughts. ? I want to prevent deaths if possible. Never integrated before
     
  2. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Puppy Dreaming

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    I do supervised mingling for a few days leaving them out longer and longer before I just leave mine out.

    How big your set up and whether chicks have places to escape can dictate how it goes.
     
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  3. imneva

    imneva Songster

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    My coop is 8x12 and run is 19x39
     
  4. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Puppy Dreaming

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    Make sure chicks have things to slip under or through, and places to hide and hang out. Since all your others aren't quite mature yet you will want to go slowly and watch them.
     
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    rosemarythyme Crowing

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    For integrating chicks with older birds, it helps a lot to have obstacles in the run. If there's not already "stuff" in the run you can put in old patio furniture, wood scraps, whatever you have around that's chicken safe. Make sure that anything that is up against a wall (like my feed station) has at least 2 exits so chicks can't get cornered:

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