In the Brooder
- Nov 27, 2015
We have 2 5wk old orpingtons and one 7wk old sussex. For our "adult" flock we have a 6mo old rooster and 2 silkie hens about 1.5yrs old. We got our baby chicks a week and a half ago, and a created a cage out of a plastic tote and put it in the henhouse with the adults. At first the adult would not go in unless they were going to lay. I had to coax them in at night. About 2 days ago they started to go in by themselves at night. Is this a sign that the baby chicks are slowly becoming part of the flock? So today we put the chicks in the run and left the adults inside the coop. After an hour we let the adults come out and take a look see. They all looked at each other kind of how dogs do. Everyone parted ways but i noticed only one of my adult hens was pecking any chick that got too close. She never targeted "just because" Some of it was instigated bc the chicks started to fly about. Is this becoming a good sign with more time or is this going to completely blow up in my face. I have pics in some of my albums so you all can see my set up.