Did we make a bad choice?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by nbd3um1, Oct 7, 2013.

  1. nbd3um1

    nbd3um1 Out Of The Brooder

    Jul 22, 2013
    Pacific Northwest
    So I have been reading about adding our new chicks to our current flock. I do not plan on adding them right now but trying to figure out when and how to add them the most peacefully as can be done with chickens.

    So our current flock is 5 hens that are this springs chicks, about 27 - 28 weeks old.

    We just this past weekend bought two chicks about a week old.

    Is this even going to be do able? Any insight would be a great help.

    Their free range area when we are not outside with them is a 10' X 10' soon to be sand area, should this be bigger for 7 hens?
  2. viktoriacl

    viktoriacl Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 23, 2010
    That's plenty big. I find that it just depends on the chickens you have. Some seem to figure out the pecking order and some are just terrible to the new ones. I haven't found any tricks yet.
  3. Bullitt

    Bullitt Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 16, 2012

    You need to wait until the chicks are nearly as big as your grown hens. It's also a good idea to put them in a cage or an adjacent run so all the chickens can see each other for at least a few days. Then you can put all your chickens together.

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