From the brooder to the pen?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Plain_View_Farm, Apr 24, 2008.

  1. Plain_View_Farm

    Plain_View_Farm Songster

    Apr 5, 2008
    Central Virginia
    Hi all,
    Were getting over run with birds here now.....:eek:
    I'm taking a few days off next week to get a part of the back porch closed in for a brooding room where my wife can keep her indoor flock.
    My question is, how old (or young as it were) can birds be before they are introduced to there Parents, Aunts & Uncles?
    We have Turkey poults (Bourbon Red and Black Spanish), 1 week to 1 month
    Khaki Campbell ducklings 1 month
    White Chinese goslings 2 weeks and 1 month

    Adult wise
    Turkeys: 4 of each breed separated in adequate size run and house.
    Ducks: 13 female and 2 male
    Geese: We think 2 female (were getting an egg/day) and 2 male

    Any advice appreciated,
    David & Ann
  2. Tuffoldhen

    Tuffoldhen Flock Mistress

    Jan 30, 2007
    I never introduce my young chickens to the adults til they are ready for the same feed and can fend for themselves, around the same size.....Adults can starve out a youngster if there are not enough feeders and water available... some may do it different but losing one bird will make you re-think, been there, done that...Thats why I keep separate pens...
    Last edited: Apr 24, 2008

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