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Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by helpineedsimeon, Nov 3, 2014.

  1. helpineedsimeon

    helpineedsimeon New Egg

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    I recently purchased 3 two month old chickens so that my baby chick wouldn't be lonely anymore only problem is that my rooster attacks the chick and only the rooster the hens get along fine and sleep together but what should I do to stop him from seeing the chick as a threat
     
  2. Yorkshire Coop

    Yorkshire Coop Moderator Staff Member

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    Hi :welcome
    Glad you joined the flock. I'm afraid introducing new flock members is a long process and something that can't be done quickly. How old is your smallest chick? Smaller younger flock members are mainly at the bottom of pecking order. I would reccomend the look but don't touch method. Put your chick somewhere safe but so the others can see but can't touch it and cause any injury. I wouldn't try to introduce the chick untill it's as big as the others. When you do introduce it there will be the usual pecking order scuffles but the baby will be larger and stronger and better equipped for this happening.

    Wishing you the very best of luck in the future :frow
     
  3. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Show me the way old friend... Staff Member

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    Hello there and welcome to BYC! [​IMG]

    You can't mix small chicks into a flock. They need to be at least 3 or 4 months of age before mixing. Keep chicks in a cage within the flock and run, everybody sees, nobody touches. When they are old enough you can mix them in. If they are old enough right now, keep them caged for one month. Takes this long for an older flock to get to know newbies.

    You do not want roosters mating with young chicks until they are of breeding age. So you may need to keep the rooster separate until the chicks become pullets and are laying. Roosters can harm small birds.
     
  4. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Overrun With Chickens

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    Welcome to BYC! [​IMG]We're glad to have you.

    X2 on TwoCrow's advice. Usually, you shouldn't integrate young birds into a flock until they are mostly the same size as the old birds. 14-16 weeks is a good age.
     
  5. BantamLover21

    BantamLover21 Overrun With Chickens

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    [​IMG] Glad you joined us!

    Two Crows and Wyandottes7 gave you some good advice.

    Good luck with your flock!
     
  6. Mountain Peeps

    Mountain Peeps Change is inevitable, like the seasons Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC! Please make yourself at home and we are here to help.
     
  7. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 True BYC Addict Premium Member

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    Hello :frow and Welcome To BYC!
     
  8. helpineedsimeon

    helpineedsimeon New Egg

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    Thank you and the chick is now 3 weeks and the others are 7 weeks
     
  9. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    Then the advice you have received here probably has prevented injuries or death from the rooster and flock. Chickens can be pretty ferocious in what they consider a pecking order and in keeping strange birds out. Glad you wrote in for advice. Welcome to backyard chickens.
     

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