Adding 6- 8 week old chicks to an existing 20 week old flock?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Twyll, Aug 25, 2014.

  1. Twyll

    Twyll New Egg

    Apr 15, 2010
    I have one rooster and 7 hens(20 weeks), will they hurt my babies 6 hens (8 weeks). When and how should I introduce them. They can already see and hear each other. I have joining coops and runs. But I will want them all together in the bigger coop come winter. They eat different food too at the moment? Will that be an issue?
  2. Judy

    Judy Chicken Obsessed Staff Member Premium Member

    Feb 5, 2009
    South Georgia
    Having them next to each other is a great idea. Personally, I would be reluctant to put them together until the little ones are about the same size as the older ones -- but people do have successess with all sorts of approaches. Here is a thread with a lot of discusion of this subject, and a link to an excellent article on integration:

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