Hens? And other questions?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by chicken toes, Apr 11, 2017.

  1. chicken toes

    chicken toes Just Hatched

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    Here are my two "ameraucana" chicks. They are now about 10 weeks old...give or take...does this age seem right?

    Firstly, are they female? I was assured by the guy at the local feed store they are. And what breed? They do not look like the pics on the Ameraucana chickens website I looked at today.

    Secondly, they are becoming too large and quite frankly, smelly, to keep inside at night. I have a huge cement mixing tub with a tall screened lid for them to stay in at night...on my kitchen table. Hubby is tired of it sitting there and a little tired of the lovely aroma when he comes down to leave for work. They stay in an enclosed area during the day. Its a chain link fenced in area we had for our dogs. They love it out there.

    I have a large plastic dog kennel, the kind for airline travel. I am thinking of cooping them into it at night, but outside instead of in my kitchen. Would they be okay if the kennel is secure? I can't put them in with the big girls yet, I don't think. There seems to be too much of a size difference still. Plus, the one time I tried to introduce them, one of my two big girls pecked the teen chicken's head. So sad to see.

    Any ideas for keeping them out of the house now. I am in Texas and our weather is definitely warm enough for them to stay outdoors. They no longer use a heat source.
     
  2. Ol Grey Mare

    Ol Grey Mare One egg shy of a full carton. ..... Premium Member

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    Your "Ameraucana" are Easter Eggers (common misrepresentation) and, yes, they are both female.
    Your teens are of an age/size that you can begin to integrate them with the older hens. There will be pecking - that is chicken society and is simply the older girls making sure the new kids know their place - -unless actual physical harm is being done it is no cause for concern and the more you interfere in efforts to "save the young ones" the more the process will end up being prolonged, making it worse, not better. That being said, there are several things you can do to make the process as smooth as possible. I would suggest doing some reading on integration (you can search it here on BYC) and see what method you think is the one you can employ for you and our birds.
     
  3. chicken toes

    chicken toes Just Hatched

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    Their fenced in area. They are now out where you see them.
    The fenced in area is actually for our tortoise.

    Ol Grey:

    Thanks for the information. I began the introductions yesterday. Actually, the teens have been in a fenced in area (during the day) for a few weeks. The adults have been able to see them and what not through the fence.

    Yesterday, I allowed the teens to free range with the adults in my backyard. They mostly kept their distance. No altercations of any kind.

    I put the large dog kennel in a protected area on my patio, added small mesh wire to the grated door and over the air holes on the sides to keep critters out, put down pine shavings, put in a roost, and food and water dishes. I covered the top and sides with a heavy towel to keep the draft down and put their light over the door for comfort.

    They did great. A little peeping early on, but by the time I went to bed, they were snug on the perch. They were fine this morning and ready to explore the yard again.

    And no troubles this morning between teens and adults.

    Next up: sharing the coop!
     
    Last edited: Apr 12, 2017

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