Adding Chicks to a young flock

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by 3Ms, May 17, 2019.

  1. 3Ms

    3Ms Hatching

    May 16, 2019
    We have four 6 week old chicks and unfortunately one is a rooster I am working on rehoming (even though we love him). We are toying with the idea of replacing Beauty with two hens (I assume introducing two is better than one but tell me if I am wrong). Is this a bad idea? How much of an age difference should we aim for? How will be the best way to integrate? I was thinking we could have two separate brooder boxes and let them hang out in the yard together to start. We are a couple weeks out from moving into the coop.

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  2. rosemarythyme

    rosemarythyme Crowing

    Jul 3, 2016
    Pac NW
    My Coop
    Since they're still young I'd get more chicks roughly the same age and just put them together on a day when you have some time to keep an eye on them. Best case scenario, they'll accept the newcomers without any real integration period, as their pecking order isn't quite set yet.
  3. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler!

    Nov 27, 2012
    SW Michigan
    My Coop
    Maaayyybe.....I've seen some ferocious 6wo's
    Give it a try, but have the second enclosure ready to go.....and get that coop done!
    Putting them all in the new coop should reduce the territoriality issues.

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