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Adding chicks with chickens.

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Newchicks2011, May 22, 2011.

  1. Newchicks2011

    Newchicks2011 Hatching

    May 22, 2011
    I have recenly lost 3 of my chickens to a predator and I am looking to replace them. I currently have 4 Buff Orpingtons and 5 Barred Rocks that are all about 9-10 weeks old. Can I add 3 RIR into my flock as chicks? And if so, how do I accomplish this without bullying?

  2. Mrs. K

    Mrs. K Crowing

    Nov 12, 2009
    western South Dakota
    no, one cannot add chicks to a flock without a broody hen. Even with a good aggressive broody hen, the chicks will get some thumps, but without, they may be killed.
  3. homesteadapps

    homesteadapps Songster

    Nov 8, 2010
    I'd wait until the birds are similar in size to reduce problems and give the young pullets a chance defending themselves from the old hens. From our own experience, if the quantity you are introducing is larger than the amount you currently have you can get away with introducing them sooner but you need to keep an eye out and separate them if trouble starts.

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