Chick Integration

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by OSDad, Jul 21, 2016.

  1. OSDad

    OSDad Out Of The Brooder

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    Hello again,

    I have 4, 7 week old easter eggers and now I want to integrate my 12, 3 week old chicks into the run and coop with the older birds.

    I cordoned off a section of the run for both age groups and also a space inside the coop for the chicks.

    I haven't seen any signs of aggression through the separation between the groups. They older birds were very interested but that was the extent.

    How long do you think I should wait before removing the separation and let them interact?

    Thanks!

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  2. Finnie

    Finnie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I usually give it a week. I don't think there's any hard and fast rules. Maybe since they are all young and small (no full size adult hens), you won't need so much time.
     
  3. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    One good way to integrate is to have small doors in the divider...large enough for the littles to pass thru but too small for the largers, that way the littles have a place of refuge.

    Or wait a week as suggested and then take down the fence, see what happens.......multiple feeder/water stations and places to hide from aggressors is always a good thing. Leaning a pallet or something against the wall, open at both ends, can provide a good hiding place.
     
  4. OSDad

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    UPDATE, All are living together now. No big issues, the older ones chase the young ones a bit but other than that all seems well.
     
  5. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    Great!!!!

    You've got lots of space, that really helps!
    Nice coop and run.
     
  6. OSDad

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    Quote:
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    Great!!!!

    You've got lots of space, that really helps!
    Nice coop and run.

    I left the a pallet in there like you suggested and it is great for them to escape when needed.
     

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