at what age do you feel is best to move chicks

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by stone_family3, Sep 2, 2011.

  1. stone_family3

    stone_family3 Songster

    Apr 11, 2011
    Into general pop for overnight stays?

    My chicks (not raised by broody hen) are getting big so fast but I am still a bit nervous about keeping them in gen pop overnight. Just wondering what everyone else does.
  2. al6517

    al6517 Real Men can Cook

    May 13, 2008
    Normaly we keep them totaly seperated until they are full grown pullets ready to lay, then they get thrown in with the others and they have to duke it out for the pecking order. It isn't all that bad as the ones that grew up together stay together until full integration. Most folks will way over think the whole integration thing and freak out to much if some get injured or rejected by the flock, it's how animal husbandry goes, if you can't do this then start building a whole new set-up for the new birds, and then another for the next batch of new birds, see where I am going with this. Perhaps the ladies will chime in with more sympathy, I however prefer to advise on reality and common sense if that's exceptable here.
  3. I grow out chicks in the adjoining pen as the hens. They will have spent 3 months "talking" and watching each other through the netting. Still, when the day of integration comes, it is not a pretty sight. Chicken politics are tough. It takes days, but they work it out. I integrate when the "chicks" are 16 weeks old and can match the physical size of the older hens, not that the older hens care!!! Gosh, they can be nasty.
  4. stone_family3

    stone_family3 Songster

    Apr 11, 2011
    Lol thanks guys I started by letting my chicks out with supervision for a few hours a day. They have always been caged in he coop with the big girls. Just recently have I been leaving them out most of the day unsupervised and they are just about eight weeks.
  5. SteveBaz

    SteveBaz Songster

    Aug 6, 2011
    Pacific North West
    I have heard here on the site to put a small cage into the coop to protect and get them used to the new environment.
  6. ChikeeMomma

    ChikeeMomma Songster

    Mar 29, 2009
    Mid Michigan
    My chicks are raised next to adults -- there is fencing separating them. I mix them together at around 14 weeks or so. I generally let them free range together for a few days -- they naturally go to their own sides of the coop at night. Eventually, I just don't make the chicks side available. There is always a pecking order that has to be established, but I've never had any blood drawn. The young ones are always submissive to the older hens anyways, so there's never any trouble. I like to do it while they are free ranging because everybody has more than enough space.
  7. SuttonHeritageFarm

    SuttonHeritageFarm Songster

    Apr 30, 2011
    Jackson Springs, NC
    Thanks for some new ideas! We keep our babies in the "one room school house" till they are at point of lay or crowing nicely then add them to the layer flock or breeding pens.

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