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adding our 8 week old girls to the pen!

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by jhd0997, Apr 15, 2016.

  1. jhd0997

    jhd0997 New Egg

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    Question: my husband and I are adding 6 new members to our pen. We have 2 existing hens who have been occupying the place all themselves. The chicks are 8 weeks old. Will the 2 hens that have always been in there eventually welcome them???
     
  2. chicklover 1998

    chicklover 1998 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    they should eventually accept them, it may take a while or not my 3 RIR girls don't like my new girls but my ameraucana hen loves them, and so does my roo while he doesn't cuddle with them like my hen he does go up to them and doesn't peck them.
     
  3. jhd0997

    jhd0997 New Egg

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    Great to hear! Thanks!
     
  4. chicklover 1998

    chicklover 1998 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    yep not all will respond the same way, I have heard some horror stories but I have never had trouble but my brooder was set up right next to where they were so the chicks whole life was spent next to the big guys so they could here each other, you can keep them in a cage around the big girls that is also a great help, and another option is to put them on the roost at night.
     
  5. CTKen

    CTKen Monkey business Premium Member

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    BantamFan4Life Water Under the Bridge Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us! :)
     
  7. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Flock Master Premium Member

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    Welcome to Backyard chickens. I wouldn't introduce them at night. You may find out they got picked on when you let them out in the morning. The Look but, don't touch method is the best way .
     

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