Baby chicks with grown hens

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  1. charles0208

    charles0208 New Egg

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    I have 3 grown hens and a grown rooster, I just bought 3 baby chicks and was wondering at what age is it safe to put the new chicks with the other ones. Thanks
     
  2. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Show me the way old friend Staff Member

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    Hi there, [​IMG]and welcome to BYC!

    The babies should be close to the same size as the grown flock before you mix them in. So by 3 months old, you can usually integrate them in. You will need to feed a flock raiser feed since you will have birds laying and some not. The younger ones can not tolerate the large amounts of calcium in the layer feed. Just make sure to offer oystershell on the side for the layers.

    Mix them in slowly, over several weeks time, with the younger ones behind a fence or in a cage within the flock so they can see but not touch. This gives the original flock time to work the pecking order with the new birds, but not actually touch them. After a few weeks, they all have gotten to know each other and mixing day is generally not too aggressive. Of course always intervene if it turns bloody.

    Good luck with your new babies and enjoy BYC!
     
  3. Judy

    Judy Moderator Staff Member

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  4. HS Pye

    HS Pye Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi! And welcome to BYC! We usually wait 4-6 months till we put our chicks with our adult chickens.
     
  5. charles0208

    charles0208 New Egg

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    Ok Thanks for the information I will do just that.
     
  6. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 True BYC Addict Premium Member

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    Hello :frow and Welcome To BYC!
     
  7. kidcody

    kidcody Overrun With Chickens

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    from Washington state glad you joined us!
     
  8. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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  9. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC. There will always be some problems when integrating new birds to a flock - chicken society is not always pleasant. The larger the birds, the greater the ability to defend themselves.
     

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