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Adding new chicks to the group

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by denco5, Oct 13, 2010.

  1. denco5

    denco5 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have 12 hens, they just turned 4 weeks old on Saturday. My wife would like to have a silky or two. Can I add them and expect them to get along? I would try to get chicks around the same age.
     
  2. itsmyobsession

    itsmyobsession Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Put them in the pen at night when they are all roosting, the transition seems to go smoother that way, don't put the new chickens in with your existing flock for a few weeks though. Always isolate new birds you bring in to make sure they don;t have any disease that could be passed toy our flock.
     
  3. ChickensAreSweet

    ChickensAreSweet Heavenly Grains for Hens

    Here's a good article:

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/web/viewblog.php?id=2593-adding-to-your-flock

    Also, you might want to consider going through the "chick phase" again to ensure you get healthy chickens. (Order hatching eggs or from a hatchery.) OR get them from a reputable breeder- healthy chicks.

    There are many diseases that are invisible- they can be carriers and pass your quarantine. Then get your other birds sick.

    Here's good info on silkies:
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=92702

    Don't let anyone bully your silkies. They have a soft spot like a baby on top of their heads. Their skulls have a hole in them. They can die from a single peck on the head in the right place or become brain damaged. Many people mix their silkies in with the rest of the flock- and have no problems. My silkies were near the top of the pecking order before I separated them into their own flock (because I have 11 of them and wanted them to be separate).

    Just make sure they are not bullied and hurt by larger chickens.

    Congratulations on your getting silkies soon! Silkies are really different and sweet. I love how the roosters get along (well after they establish the pecking order that is). They are fluffy and snuggly. Here is a tutorial on how to bathe them if they need it:

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=99105

    They are really almost like having a dog or cat- I mean emotionally.
     
  4. Lisa202

    Lisa202 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:How do you separate/quarantine new chickens if you only have one coop and one run? I've heard that you have to do that for at least 4 weeks. Where could you possibly keep them for that long? Or are you supposed to have a 2nd coop and run just for this?
     
  5. ChickensAreSweet

    ChickensAreSweet Heavenly Grains for Hens

    I think a lot of people use dog crates in the garage. Then maybe a little supervised free ranging or temporary fencing (chicken wire)? I haven't had to do it.
     

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