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Adding new chicks to the rest of the group

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by ttbkremer, Nov 11, 2008.

  1. ttbkremer

    ttbkremer Out Of The Brooder

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    Nov 7, 2008
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    We have eggs in the incubator right now, they are due to hatch on November 23rd. How long/old do I have to wait to add them to the full grown/laying chickens. Thanks for your help
     
  2. Pumpkinpup

    Pumpkinpup Poultry Princess

    Jul 16, 2008
    North-West Georgia
    You will have a long wait. If you put babies with a grown flock they will kill them. You had best be prepared to have a brooder and a juvie pen until they get old grown. Even then you need to be careful introducingthem to a established flock because of the dominance factor in chickens. It can get real ugly sometimes. I'm not trying to scare you but just prevent problems. I wish you lots of luck with your babies and want them to grow and thrive. I hope this helps. [​IMG]

    Welcome to BYC
     
  3. debilorrah

    debilorrah The Great Guru of Yap Premium Member

    This worked for us PERFECTLY:

    4 weeks in the house
    4-6 weeks inside the hen house seperated but visible to the others
    6-8 weeks cut a small hole in the seperator so they can get out but the others can't get in
    8-9 weeks shut them out of the brooder during the day and let them back in at night
    9 weeks, close them out completely

    You may have to adjust the time spent on each step, depending on how your other birds act. I hope this helps!
     

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