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Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by RonSimonson, Sep 5, 2010.

  1. RonSimonson

    RonSimonson New Egg

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    Here's the rub I've had 3 hens (2 RIR's and a barred sumpin or another) for a little over a year we are going to get 3 americana chicks today. Will the big ones actully harm the babies or just be mean to 'em? I would like to sneak em in tonight when they are roosting. Or should I keep 'em in a little cage in the backyard with the others, or just let the chips fall where they may and just let 'em free??
     
  2. write2caroline

    write2caroline Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I would wait until the babies are feathered out. I had my biddies in a separate coop we built from pallets. When they were bigger I let them out and they had lots of hiding places. The other chickens were kind of mean but so long as they had a hide away they were fine. In about two weeks the big ones were fine with the little ones. They still don't share a coop but that was my intention to keep them housed separately.
    Caroline
     
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