Help me join my two groups of chickens!!

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Marc33, May 18, 2007.

  1. Marc33

    Marc33 In the Brooder

    Jan 26, 2007
    Hi there everyone! I could use some advice. We've got a flock of about 43 chickens - 31 hends and 12 red star males that will be processed for meat in a few weeks. All of these chickens are about 10 weeks old. We also have a group of 6 polish (2 male, 4 female) that are about 8 weeks old and I cannot get the big flock to accept the polish! I have had the polish in a chicken tractor inside my main chicken yard for about 2 weeks now. Any time I try remove them from the chicken tractor they are PECKED LIKE CRAZY. Does anyone have any advice for me? I'm thinking the polish were a bad impulse buy! They like the chicken tractor but it's not a long term solution.

    Thanks again for any help! I just love this message board!
  2. K8tieCat

    K8tieCat Songster

    Jan 15, 2007
    Northern California
    Process all but one male at 10 weeks. Problem solved.
  3. bigzio

    bigzio Crowing

    Jan 20, 2007
    Marc33, It works real well to allow the younger birds to free range with the rest of the flock so they can run and get away from older birds while becoming familiar to them. If you don't free range it is best to keep them close enough for the others to see them without contact.

    20 week old chicks are the normal age for placing together, so everyone is close to the same size. Hope this helps.

  4. ella

    ella Songster

    I agree with bigzio.

    Also, with polish chickens it's a good idea to trim the crest feathers so they can see better, this is especially helpful when they are getting introduced. Otherwise they may miss the social cues that tell them when to submit and get out of the way.
  5. Marc33

    Marc33 In the Brooder

    Jan 26, 2007
    Thanks for all the advice. We hadn't thought of trimming the feathers, that may help a lot. I think we'll keep the polish in the tractor for a while, at least until processing the meat birds.

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