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Birdrain92

Crowing
6 Years
Jun 7, 2013
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I'm excited to learn/ educate myself on raising my ducks and chickens
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Welcome to BYC! Glad you joined the flock! If you have questions on either bird I can help answer your questions. There are many others as well that can help.
 

ashnnick

Chirping
Jan 18, 2016
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Thanks!! My concerns and questions right pertain to integrating my "old" flock with the new. I have 5 RIR's that will be a year old in March. My husband and I just got 7 new chicks. Once the chicks are old enough to move to the coop how do we go about doing this to keep the fighting down??
 

Birdrain92

Crowing
6 Years
Jun 7, 2013
4,038
622
306
Idaho
Thanks!! My concerns and questions right pertain to integrating my "old" flock with the new. I have 5 RIR's that will be a year old in March. My husband and I just got 7 new chicks. Once the chicks are old enough to move to the coop how do we go about doing this to keep the fighting down??

If you can have it so they can see each other but not touch each other for a few weeks and then you can introduce them together. I would wait until they are maybe 4 months to 6 months before introducing them to try and keep fighting down. Though chances are there is still going to be some pecking but not as much when they are separate. Also try to resist from getting involved unless the chick is bleeding them step in. If you keep stepping in sometimes it will make things worse and other times it does help. They usually sort things out without causing blood. There's a bit of a reason why they call it "Pecking Order" literally.
 

drumstick diva

Still crazy after all these years.
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Excellent advice from Birdrain. With chickens it's generally best to try integration (look, but don't touch) when they are close to size of the older birds. Welcome to BYC.
 

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