Baby chick question

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Freechicken, Jul 28, 2013.

  1. Freechicken

    Freechicken In the Brooder

    Jun 5, 2012
    Rigby, ID
    What is the preferred age to introduce baby chicks to the flock? Babies have a mother hen watching over them.
  2. CobaltChick

    CobaltChick In the Brooder

    Jul 28, 2013
    Well, I just got a new batch of chicks a few months ago. I usually don't have a problem with putting them out after about a month or less if the mom's with them. My mama hen was fierce. She didn't let anyone near her babies. [​IMG] I had no problems with the others going after them as long as they were exposed beforehand (in a wire pen in the main run). I had twenty-eight other chickens at the time. You'll be fine as long as you have a protective mother hen.
  3. tmfineg

    tmfineg Songster

    Jan 1, 2012
    Gallatin TN
    I put mine out with the flock of 18 hens and 1 roo at 1 week. It has been about 4 days and all is great. The other hens leave them alone. I just need a way to keep the grown chickens and 2 grown ducks from drinking and knocking over their water. Good luck! BTW mine free range during the day so they are not cooped up together in a confined space. That might make a difference.

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