Did I integrate my two new chicks right???

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by jerseygirl1, Sep 13, 2009.

  1. jerseygirl1

    jerseygirl1 Crowing

    Jun 20, 2009
    Orange County, NY
    About two weeks ago, I got two new four week old bantam chicks - what I did was put them in a large dog carrier in the coop so my other 12 would acclimate themselves to the new chickies. Once or twice they got out and of course it was a huge pile drive on top of them, but everyone backed off and went back to their respective perches until I got them under control. Today, DH made a sectioned off part in the coop with chicken wire for them. I promptly put the two in there and went to a wedding. Well, came home and they got out and were roosting with the other 12 pullets. So, in everyone's opinion, do you think they are OK now? I know normally to wait about thirty days, but if they are roosting together would they be OK?
    Sorry for the long post, but I wnated include everything.

  2. monathequeen

    monathequeen Songster

    May 13, 2009
    Burlington KS
    Hi, My almost four week old baby chicks are still sleeping with mom at night under her wings...in a seperate pen. Mom wouldn't even think about letting them near the other hens...........They are too small yet to introduce them. You really should wait atleast until they are 10-12 weks old.
    Keep them seperate until they are big enough to fend for themselves....especially bantams. they are very small as it is....you may be in trouble if you don't get them out of there ASAP....poor baby's.....hope they are ok....just because they are ok for now dosn't mean they are out of the woods just yet. They're just too young...
    Last edited: Sep 13, 2009
  3. Mesa

    Mesa Songster

    Nov 21, 2008
    New Mexico
    No, I wouldnt automatically assume they are ok together. My chickens would roost with each other, but still try to beat each other up during the day... and these chickens were hatched together! I finally had to separate them into different pens. Just dont assume all is well because they all found a place to sleep tonight.
    Keep you initial plan and introduce the newbies slowly.
  4. jerseygirl1

    jerseygirl1 Crowing

    Jun 20, 2009
    Orange County, NY
    All is well, they are fine so I moved them back into their solitary confinement and put some chicken wire over the top til DH can make a better roof
  5. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast Premium Member

    May 14, 2008
    North Phoenix
    My Coop
    good job

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