Adding New Chickens To My Flock?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Joecola123, Aug 5, 2009.

  1. Joecola123

    Joecola123 In the Brooder

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    Hello I have two 6 week old Barred rocks that I have been trying to add to my flock of six thirteen week old cochins.
    So far I have been keeping the two chicks in a cage with their own food and water in the run.When they are in their cage the older ones seem to leave them alone and there is no pecking. But when I let them out into the run the older ones show more interest and peck them more often. Also the little ones don,t follow the older ones when I let them out to free range (they actually follow me). And the older ones kind of run away as if they are abandoning them.

    I also still take the chicks inside at night in fear they will be afraid being locked in a dark space with six other chickens.

    What should I do?
    If anyone has any addvice please tell me thanks.
     
    Last edited: Aug 5, 2009
  2. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast

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    You probably won't be able to integrate them safely until the younger ones are at least 16 weeks.
     

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