Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by whittychick, Sep 4, 2013.

  1. whittychick

    whittychick Songster

    Jul 28, 2013
    Cape cod
    What is a good age to start introducing new chicks to my big girls? My chicks are 8 weeks old and big girls and rooster are 5.5 months old. I want it to be smooth and painless! Wishfu thinking??? :-/
  2. SA Farm

    SA Farm Songster

    Mar 11, 2013
    Ontario, Canada
    Whenever I've introduced younger chicks (usually around 7+ weeks old) to my adults, I house them beside each other so they can view and visit through the fence, then I put them in the adult coop at night and close the door so I can watch them interact in the morning. Usually the little guys get pushed away from the food and water, so I just make sure I have multiple available to them and it usually isn't long before everybody knows their place.
    I've never had blood drawn. A few feathers ruffled, but nothing serious.
  3. Erica

    Erica Songster

    Dec 5, 2010
    Hi Whittychick,
    I introduce after the chicks are adult size -- usually about 14 weeks. However if the birds are free ranging and have plenty of space to get away from each other, you can sometimes do it earlier. Be prepared to intervene if it doesn't go well.
    I often find it helps to do the introductions on neutral territory, e.g. a new pen, or to introduce the bigger birds into the pen with the younger ones (so the younger ones have a territorial advantage).
    You might also try sectioning off part of the pen so the birds can see but not touch for a few weeks, that often helps.
  4. whittychick

    whittychick Songster

    Jul 28, 2013
    Cape cod
    Thanks! I should've mentioned that the baby chicks have been in a coop next to the big girls for about 3 weeks! So they have been eyeing each other for awhile now!! I hope all goes well when I put them all together!!! Thanks again :)

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