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Adults and teenagers

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by LayneR40, Dec 7, 2008.

  1. LayneR40

    LayneR40 Hatching

    Dec 7, 2008
    How old do the teens need to be before we can add them to the adults? I know they will peck them a little I just dont want the adults to kill the younger ones.

  2. FrontPorchIndiana

    FrontPorchIndiana Songster

    Mar 8, 2008
    Generally, it's best to wait until they are about the same size as the older ones.
  3. cmom

    cmom Hilltop Farm

    Nov 18, 2007
    My Coop
    Sometimes it goes a bit easier if they are next to each other with a common fence between them, then when it is time to integrate them they are somewhat used to each other, then I free ranging them together, but I watch them closely the first few times I let them range together. I had one big girl jump on a younger one and really started to go to town on the smaller one. I kicked the older one clean across the yard. She hasn't done it again. Also when it came to treat time, I banished her for a couple of days. She could see the others getting treats. I gave a little extra treats to the little one where the big one could see. I am mean I know. Reward for good behavior and punishment for bad behavior.
    Last edited: Dec 7, 2008

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