Adding new chicks in with 12 week old hens?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by crystal94040, May 23, 2011.

  1. crystal94040

    crystal94040 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 15, 2007
    We have 4 hens...we were thinking of adding 4 more to our flock but were unsure what the 12 week old hens we already have will do? Will they accept them as babies? or peck at them? or ignore them all together?
    Looking for advice before we get more.
  2. WalkerH

    WalkerH Chillin' With My Peeps

    I can't really tell you much advice. We have 20 11 week olds and 5 four week olds. For the most part when they are free ranging the older ones will ignore them. But they chase them off when the younger ones try to get food or water, so I just give them water and food with the ducks.
  3. buttercup0884

    buttercup0884 The Farm Girl at Twilight

    Apr 30, 2011
    I am actually going through this right now. I had already moved my 30 2 month old chicks outside to their "coop" I still had 6 1 month old chicks inside until last weekend. I used an old wire dog crate to put the newbies in with food and water inside the other coop, allowing everyone the ability to get to know one another. I then waited a week (mainly until I had a day off but also was recommended by others to wait atleast 4-5 days) before allowing the smaller chicks out with the older ones. There were some squabbles and pecking order made known, but all but 4 of my older birds accepted the younger ones. I do also need to input that my "baby" flock also has a rooster that did a great job fending off the older birds from pecking the little girls too bad. Way to go Captain Morgan!! The 4 older birds that wouldn't play nice are now in the crate and for sale on Craigslist. They are Silver Laced Wyandottes and started to really just pick on everyone else after that. Now 2 days later you can't even tell the little ones werent always with the older ones.
  4. Happy Chooks

    Happy Chooks Moderator Staff Member

    Jul 9, 2009
    Northern CA
    My Coop
    How old are the new chicks going to be? If they are day old chicks, there's a HUGE difference in size with 12 week old chicks. I've mixed day old chicks to 6 week old chicks without any problems, but I'd worry about the new ones getting squished with 12 week old chicks. If they are fairly close in age (and size), then you shouldn't have a problem.

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