Adding Chicks

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

  1. RonSimonson

    RonSimonson New Egg

    Sep 5, 2010
    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

    Jun 21, 2009
    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.
  3. ChickensAreSweet

    ChickensAreSweet Heavenly Grains for Hens

    How old are your new chicks?

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