Chicks into chickens?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by alex, May 31, 2008.

  1. alex

    alex Songster

    Jul 1, 2007
    What age do I add my chicks in with my other chickens?
    I would like to know ahead of time.
  2. alex

    alex Songster

    Jul 1, 2007
  3. redhen

    redhen Kiss My Grits...

    May 19, 2008
    Western MA
    i'm sorry wish i could help you..[​IMG]..lets wait to see what they say...Wendy
  4. pixiechick

    pixiechick Songster

    May 23, 2008
    Jonesborough, TN
    I'd wait until they were pretty feathered out so they don't get chilled at night. Also, depending on what size chickens you have, you want to make sure they are big enough not to get bullied away from food, water, etc.
  5. WestKnollAmy

    WestKnollAmy The Crazy Chicken Lady

    Apr 22, 2008
    upstate SC
    I don't plan on putting my chicks in with my older ones until they are 12-16 weeks old. And then I think I will do a few at a time. Only the more feathered out larger chicks the first week and then add as the others mature a bit. I know the pecking order will change each time but I worry about the smaller breeds.
  6. Nichole77

    Nichole77 Songster

    Jul 14, 2007
    Actually Nadine if you put the younger ones in a few at a time they could likely become McNuggets. The big girls will likely attack the younger ones. If you put them all in at the same time the older girls will think twice because they will be over run. And you do not want to clean up after that bloodbath. My girl had to be in the bathroom for a week and then in her own pen for another 3 before I put her and her young cockerel friend in with the big girls (I only have 4). They both got pummeled. So they just have their own house, but they all free range and just stay away from each other.
  7. alex

    alex Songster

    Jul 1, 2007
    Thank you, everybuddy is so much help here.
    Your help is greatly appreciated! [​IMG]
  8. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD

    I find the silkies to be a bit calmer, so at about 12-16 weeks old I pop in all the babies at the same time with the adults. However I do free range so they get introduced at anywhere from 3-6 weeks old through the fence and then roaming freely. I have a few cornish meat birds and leghorns who are 6-10 weeks old decide that sleeping with the adults is more fun that sleeping in their own safe coop... I kick them back to their coop at night so they can fill up on the chick feed before hanging out all day with the big ones getting picked on.

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