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Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by madmantrapper, May 19, 2010.
When do you folks add the new chickens to existing flocks?
straight away, at night time on the day you get them.
Read this thing from the BYC Learning Center before introducing new chickens to each other...
These birds are chicks now. How old do you let them get before putting them with the existing.
I have 12 RIR they are about 20 weeks or so, I just introduced 4 8 week old Barred Rocks. I put them in a small cage in the run for a few days so it wouldn't be such a shock to the RIR and then let them go . The barred Rocks got kicked arround a little at first but now thier fine they just have to get farmilual with each other. The natural pecking order process allways seems to happen.
Quote:How do you keep the younger ones from eating the laying feed? I have 6 7 week old chicks that I want to put let in the big coop/run (right now separated at the end of the run and in dog kennel at night). I was told they can't eat the laying feed that I have for the older hens.
looking for input