Creating a "mixed age" flock

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by speedy2782, Oct 15, 2012.

  1. speedy2782

    speedy2782 New Egg

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    Thank you for all the good advice on so many topics.

    I am starting my flock. I have a coop and a 20x'20 run.
    I have 5 young barnyard breed chickens from a local farm. Age: 5 weeks
    I want to add 2 barred rock pullets as well. Age: ~5-6 months

    Should I be concerned with bullying since it is a new environment for both groups and they are such a different age?

    Best practices to integrate?
     
    Last edited: Oct 15, 2012
  2. kays chicks

    kays chicks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    what i did when i have a new member is have them in different runs where they can see each other for a week , move there food so they can feed and see each other and after a week let them free range but keep and eye on they and do it for 30 mins a time for a week then i let the time be longer and longer until they are all ok with each other . mine took 2 weeks only , good luck
     
  3. speedy2782

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    I put the chicks in with the pullets and there was a brief scuffle, a few pecks, and then they were all good. Maybe 10 minutes of establishing order. I think the big age difference made it an easy combination.
     

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