I have three 7 week old hens (a red sexlink, a welsummer and an australorp). I was thinking about adding two 9 week old Easter Eggers. Is this a bad idea? Is the age difference too dramatic? Any tips for successful integration?
i have integrated birds of all ages without any trouble. Here's what I do.... i have two runs and housing separated by nylon fencing(cheap, since it's in the middle of my "real" fencing. I have birds in each run and i feed the scratch along the dividing nylon fence. I do this for about 2 weeks and then combine them with ease. If the birds are older I do it for more time. This seems to work great for me.
Love the shock and awe term Dave. I did a similar thing with 8mth-1yr old hens and my RIR juveniles. plus I kept the RIRs separate (inside the same coop at night) until the pecking order was sorted out. no problems