A adding to the old flock


May 5, 2015
Hello everyone. Can you offer some advice on adding 11 or 12 week old chicks into a flock of 1&2-year-old chicken and one year-old chicken. When do I introduce them? How is the best way to do this to avoid fighting? How much time should I give them to just one another?
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Mar 21, 2011
New Mexico, USA
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Hello there and welcome to BYC!

The best way to do this is to keep the 3 month olds in an enclosure or large cage in the coop and run at all times around the flock. Everybody sees, nobody touches. (I like to use those Peck N Play enclosures) Leave them this way for about 3 or 4 weeks. After this time you can mix them all. The aggression should be much less having a slow introduction. Put out some extra feed and watering stations so the new birds can eat and drink. Many times an older flock will guard these areas and starve them out. And always intervene if it turns bloody.

Good luck with establishing more birds in your flock and welcome to our roost!

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