At what age do you introduce your young birds

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by cat1994, Aug 17, 2014.

  1. cat1994

    cat1994 Songster

    Sep 12, 2010
    Southeast MO
    I have over a dozen month old chicks (born and raised on my place) I was wondering at what age does everyone else introduce their new young birds to the adult flock?
  2. BantamLover21

    BantamLover21 Crowing

    Jul 24, 2013
    I usually introduce my young birds when they are 8-12 weeks of age. At that point, they are nearing adult size, are well-feathered, and are better able to defend themselves/escape the older birds.
  3. cat1994

    cat1994 Songster

    Sep 12, 2010
    Southeast MO
    Yeah I usually introduce mine around 8 weeks of age. I was wondering if others let them get older or manage to get them introduce at a younger age.
  4. TaraBellaBirds

    TaraBellaBirds Songster

    Jul 13, 2013
    SW Kansas
    I start integration at no earlier than 6 weeks. My situation is different than most since my brooding room is separated from the coop by a door (I simply open the door when I fell the babies are big enough to start to wander and can run from aggressive attention.

    If I had no way of separation I would wait until 8 weeks at the very earliest, probably closer to 10 or 12.
  5. cat1994

    cat1994 Songster

    Sep 12, 2010
    Southeast MO
    That sounds like a neat way of doing it. I'll have to work on having the grower pen attached to the main hen house so I can just let the lil ones come and go as they please.

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