baby chicks & hens

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by animal nut, Sep 18, 2008.

  1. animal nut

    animal nut Chillin' With My Peeps

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    How long do I need to keep my baby chicks(that I purchased) away from my existing flock of hens?








    I have 3 dogs, 2 cats, 1 household birds. Now 15 chicks and 5 hens
     
  2. Cetawin

    Cetawin Chicken Beader

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    Keep them seperated until they are about the same size as the existing flock. That way, they can defend themselves.

    If babies are just thrown in with an existing flock, they most likely will be injured or killed by the flock.

    If the flock is also chicks about the same age, then you can try it. How old are existing flock members?
     
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  3. animal nut

    animal nut Chillin' With My Peeps

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    They are 6 months old
     
  4. ravendell

    ravendell New Egg

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    I've introduced new chicks into my flock without incident after they reach 10 weeks of age. I do have a portion of my henhouse segregated so that I can move the chicks from the brooder into the house when they are 4-6 weeks of age. They stay in this fenced off section until they are at least 10 weeks, then I let them loose into the flock. I've done this twice without any of the other hens or roosters bothering the new ones. I've discovered that the new ones will stay separate from the flock until they mature to around 4 months of age, then will fully integrate into the flock.
     
  5. animal nut

    animal nut Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks for the info. I am a new chicken person. My husband raised them when he was a child.
     

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