Hello. From SW (Delton) Michigan

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by kcscrapper, Aug 25, 2013.

  1. kcscrapper

    kcscrapper Out Of The Brooder

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    Looking for members in my area..I am new to chicken raising...A friend gave me 7 laying hens(i only get 3 to 4 eggs per day) and 4 baby chicks..When can i let the babies loose with the older hens..Right now i keep the babies in my fenced in back yard and the hens roam free out side of the fenced in area? I also have them (The babies) in the same coop as the older hens but they are also fenced off from the older hens..When can i remove the fence in the coop..The babies are getting big and won't be able to fit in the small area in the coop much longer...Any help and advice would be app..
     
  2. ChirpyChicks1

    ChirpyChicks1 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It's safest to try and wait until the chicks are close in size to the adults. Sometimes bringing chickens together goes alright and sometimes it's horrible. There will be some fighting simply because the pecking order will have to be redone. How long have they been together like that? It's great that you've had them penned up this way though [​IMG]

    Also with your adults free ranging there is a good chance that some of them are laying somewhere secret since you are only getting a few eggs

    Welcome to the site!
     
  3. kcscrapper

    kcscrapper Out Of The Brooder

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    My daughter kept the babies till they turned 4 weeks old..Than it became a problem for her cause of her job..She couldn't keep water and food in the cage while she was at work..They would tip the water over and spill the food ...So i told her to bring them to me...So the babies have been in the coop over night with the older hens for almost 3 months now...The babies are around 4 and a half months old now...We have looking high and low for eggs..LOL...But never found any so we are thinking some of the hens are over the laying age...We are going to build a fenced in area around the coop with a covered top ( to protect them from other critters) for all the chickens... They won't be able to free roam during the winter months...

    Thank you for the Welcome...

    Ellen
     
  4. redsoxs

    redsoxs Chicken Obsessed

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    Howdy from Kansas, kcscrapper, and [​IMG]! Pleased to have you with us! Best of luck to you and fowl!
     
  5. kcscrapper

    kcscrapper Out Of The Brooder

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    Thaqnk you Redsoxs...
     
  6. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    Out to pasture
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  7. 1muttsfan

    1muttsfan Overrun With Chickens

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    Hi and welcome to BYC from northern Michigan [​IMG]

    I would say your birds should be old enough and big enough to put in with the older birds. Be prepared for some fussing, and to step in if anyone is really a bully.

    Hope you stop by the Michigan thread and say Hi - look in the Where am I - Where are You section of the Forum.
     
  8. Mr MKK FARMS

    Mr MKK FARMS Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC! Glad you joined us! [​IMG]
     

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