Adding to existing flock

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by bcmama, May 29, 2016.

  1. bcmama

    bcmama Songster

    Jul 12, 2012
    My Coop
    Currently we have 4 four year old hens; one BR, one EE and 2 silkies. We picked up 4 additional chicks (one EE, one Buff Brahma and 2 Buff Cochins) that are currently living in our back bathroom, happy and content. We have been letting everyone meet one another daily when we let the big girls out to free range in the yard and carefully watch them with the newbees. So my question is, at what age do we slowly add them to the coop? We are planning on adding a separate temporary space until everyone really gets to know each other. But at what age?
  2. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Chicken tender Premium Member

    Jul 16, 2015
    central Wisconsin
    It's usually based on temperatures. If your chicks are used to the outside temperatures than it's time to move them to the coop. Start with putting together a temporary fenced area for them. I keep them separately for about a week, but if yours have already been mingling than you are already ahead. I like returning them to a safe area at night for a month or so until I'm sure they can take care of themselves.

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