Can I Intergrate 10 Wk.old Pullets?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by lauriruth, Jan 16, 2011.

  1. lauriruth

    lauriruth Chillin' With My Peeps

    I bought 3 "pullets" from BYC. They are now 10 wks. old. One turns out Roo and is being re-homed next weekend. I'm trading him for a 10-wk.old RIR/X pullet. After 3--day confinment, are they still young enough to put in the same coup, or will i have problems? Or, should I just try it and watch carefully?[​IMG]
  2. annie3001

    annie3001 My Girls

    Jun 11, 2009
    i have read and heard that night introductions are the way to go. stress level might be down that way too.
    is your coop large enough to seperate thru fencing inside? so the intro is slow?
    if you free range, thats an idear too, letting the introduction be easier? good luck.
  3. Fred's Hens

    Fred's Hens Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

    I have mixed results in all such attempts. My older hens are so darned domineering. I've tried all the typical things.
    I suspect different breeds have different attitudes. My red hens will absolutely pound on younger rivals.
    One thing for sure, 10 week old pullets are out gunned and out sized. Sorry, I have little wisdom here.[​IMG]
  4. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    They're really too young to do that. And if you bring in another bird from elsewhere, that one should be quarantined for a month before you put it in with any other birds. Even a week old baby can pass disease.

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