Adults meet the youg'uns

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by bnkwhat, Mar 6, 2016.

  1. bnkwhat

    bnkwhat Just Hatched

    Feb 21, 2016
    I am new to this chicken stuff, and have to admit that my wive and I both are really getting in to the whole thing. We started 4 months ago with 3 inherited layer adults and 5 three day old chicks. For the last 2 months, they both have been sharing a pen and coop only separated by chicken wire. I was told yesterday that we can now incorporate the chicks with the adults. So, now that they are 16 weeks old, tonight when they go to roost, I plan on taking down the chicken wire and letting them wake up together in the morning. Any advice out there? Was this person right in suggesting this? Am I making the right decision? Any input will be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance.

  2. Yorkshire Coop

    Yorkshire Coop Moderator Staff Member

    Aug 16, 2014
    Yorkshire, UK
    My Coop
    Hi :welcome

    Glad you could join the flock! For me I would not put them in the coop and let them wake up with each other incase you are not there when they wake. I would advise that you are there when they actually see each other incase you need to intervene if it gets too mich for the younger birds. It would be such a shame if something happened and you were not there when you have waited so long to get them all together. Here is a lovely article on getting them together ~

    Wishing you the very best of luck, I hope things go smoothly for you.
    Enjoy BYC and all the chicken chat :frow
  3. N F C

    N F C home again! Premium Member Project Manager

    Dec 12, 2013

    I would wait until you can be there also. And have extra waterers and feeders available in case the big girls chase the younger ones away. Sometimes having hiding places the youngers can get into that the bigger girls can't is also helpful.

    Good luck, I hope the integration is a success!
  4. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

    Jun 15, 2012
    My Coop
    Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us! :)
  5. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Flockless Premium Member

    Jan 30, 2015
    Africa - near the equator
    Hi and welcome to BYC - hope all goes well with your integration!

  6. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    Things usually go well in the dark but, when the established birds wake up they will notice the young'uns. It could go downhill rapidly from there.

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