At what age

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Stephens, May 17, 2009.

  1. Stephens

    Stephens Out Of The Brooder

    Jan 2, 2009
    Waxhaw, NC
    What is a good age to introduce chicks into the coop with old chickens. I have pullets that are 12 weeks old, some that are 8 weeks old.

    I have them both in separate mini coops now, but need the mini coops for my 4week old.
  2. Redhead Hen

    Redhead Hen Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 14, 2009
    Rising Sun, Maryland
    I just put my babies out with our big girls last week. The chicks were about a month old and the big girls were pushing 2 months old. I put the chicks in the coop, but had them separated. The big girls could see the chicks and hear them, but not touch them. I kept it like that for 2 days and nights. Then I let the babies loose. The big girls did peck a bit at the babies, but nothing serious at all. I guess the big girls were just letting the babies know they were older and in charge! [​IMG]

    It has been almost a week since they have been loose together and yesterday they all were getting along like they were best friends! I would try to do something similar to what I did. When you let them all together, just watch them. If someone gets too mean and it seems that someone will get hurt, split them up again. I am sure others will jump in on this! Lots of people integrate chickens of different ages and breeds and there is a lot of experience on this topic here!

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