Adding 6 wk old chick to my two 31 week old hens

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by stacylynn, Oct 17, 2012.

  1. stacylynn

    stacylynn In the Brooder

    Apr 29, 2012
    Black Diamond, WA
    I have a 3'W x 3'D x 4'H coop that currently houses my 31 week Spangled Russian Orloff and Barnevelder in a 10' by 12' pen. I am getting a 6 wk old Silver Penciled Plymouth Rock in a few days and I am not sure if I should keep her inside or put her out with the other two. I haven't seen a pecking order between the two. They are both very friendly. The Orloff is occasionally broody and is laying one egg each day. And the Barnevelder is my talker and lays 1 egg every 3 - 4 days.

  2. Big A Chickens

    Big A Chickens Songster

    Jun 29, 2012
    Palmetto, Georgia
    I would keep her separated for a few weeks. First to quarantine her from the others to make sure that she doesn't have any infections or diseases that she could spread. And also us the look but no touch method to kind of get your older birds use to a new addition.

    If you put her in with the others right now she will more that likely get picked on.

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