Adding youngsters to existing youngsters

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by BuffySummers, Apr 16, 2017.

  1. BuffySummers

    BuffySummers New Egg

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    We lost three of our eight a few days ago and would like to replace them. The remaining chicks are 6 weeks old.
    Do we need to add chicks of the exact same age, or can we get chicks in the 2-4 week range?
     
  2. SueT

    SueT Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi! There can be issues with introducing new members to the flock. They won't necessarily get along, in fact, your chickens till likely see the newcomers as a threat. There are lots of forums dealing with this subject...try searching for introducing new chicks, worded various ways, and you will find a wealth of info, advice, and stories of what works and what doesn't.
    Also, what happened to the 3 that died? If there is a possibility of disease, I would be hesitant to add any newcomers until a period of quarantine has passed.
    Good luck with your chicken venture!
    Sue
     
  3. redsoxs

    redsoxs Chicken Obsessed

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    You don't have to get replacements of the same age but know the older ones will pick on the newbies in the beginning. Here's a link to a great article about integrating birds into your flock: https://www.backyardchickens.com/a/introducing-new-chickens-using-the-see-but-don-t-touch-method
    Also, I see this is your first BYC post. If you'd like, head on over to the New Member Introduction Forum below so we can give you a proper BYC welcome! :
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/f/44/new-member-introductions
     
  4. BuffySummers

    BuffySummers New Egg

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    Thanks for the reply and resources! The three that died were killed by our dog. There was an oversight in their yard and, sadly, three got out and met their demise at the hands of the terrier. We've since fortified the area further; I still feel awful.
     

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