How do I introduce my baby chicks into the coop without them getting peck by my other chickens??

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Passionfruitx, May 15, 2013.

  1. Passionfruitx

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    Hi I am new at this, any advice will be helpful. :) Thanks!

    A few days ago I tried to introduce my new 2 baby chicks, 5 weeks old, to my 2 older chickens, 15 weeks old. Things didn't go exactly as I would have liked. The older chickens kept trying to peck the baby chicks. I sat in the chicken coop 1-3 hours for about 3 days now. Been guarding them. The baby chicks like to hide and scream for their lives. :( I gently push or use a rolled up paper to shoo the older chickens away and say no. Is this ok to do? Because the older chickens are not used to me touching them so they would actually go away....but only if I or the baby chicks are not near them. The first time I placed my baby chicks on a roosting bar next to the ot[VIDEO][VIDEO][VIDEO][/VIDEO][/VIDEO][/VIDEO]hers, the older Delaware chicken next to it pecked the baby chickw. :( It was just to test it out. I was trying to slowly introduce them to the coop and older chickens. The baby chicks still stay in the house, maybe in two weeks I will move them out to the chicken coop fully. I don't know if I am doing this right. Everytime I bring the baby chicks out for a bit I would bring a snack for the other two hens so they are distracted. Any advice would be helpful??!!

    Also, the other day I let the two hens out of the chicken coop to get access to the side yard...it was kind of hard getting them back in!!! Cus they would run away from me. Any advice on that???!!! And I want to keep them protected from predators so I don't want them put all the time. At the same time I gave my baby chicks the opportunity to roam around the chicken coop when the older chickens are out, the baby sucks were still scared though. :/ The older chickens loved being outside of the coop the first time, just hard getting them back in.


    A lil info on my chickens:

    I have two baby Ameraucana chicks, 5 weeks old. I got them at 3 weeks. They are living inside my house right now in a box with a heat lamp. My friend told me that we can take them out to live in the chicken coop when they are 7 weeks old. They are so adorable and still trying to get use to me.

    I have a chicken coop build for about 4 chickens. There are two older chickens living there now, 15 weeks old. 1 brown leghorn and 1 Delaware. I got them when they were 13 weeks so they are not fully used to me yet. I give them treats, like apples, and they eat from my hand but still won't let me hold them. All are hens, and none lay eggs yet.
     
  2. Passionfruitx

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    Opps there are some typo. Sorry. Please excuse them.

    Meant to say, "... when the older chickens are out, the baby chicks* were still scared though...."
     
  3. 2Sesslers

    2Sesslers Chillin' With My Peeps

    I am interested to see what kind of responses you get. I have been wondering the same thing. I have six 8 week old Leghorn hens and two 4 week old SLWs. I was hesitant to introduce them at all - but did a few times when they were in the brooder. The babies got pecked a little bit, and squealed out so I separated them right away. I am thinking the brooder was too small in the first place {the hens went out permanently the next day}. I think this may have been why there was any pecking in the first place.

    However, I have not reintroduced them at all. I want to give the little girls a chance to grow a little more first. I am also a little leery of the introduction, as I don't want any drama!

    I have been reading a lot on it in several places. I have heard several suggestions:
    1. put them in the coop, with a fence between so they can get used to seeing each other
    2. put them in at night while the other hens are roosted, and when they wake up they will already be there
    3. keep sitting with them and observing/resolving the drama.

    My older hens seem quite curious of the babies, but I am still waiting a few weeks.

    I may suggest {don't take it as a golden rule because I am a rookie too} to wait until the older hens are a little more used to and trusting of you first. You may have to bite the bullet and wait a little while longer, as to save having drama in your coop.

    Hope this helps :) Patience...a hard thing! :)
     
  4. Thirteen

    Thirteen Out Of The Brooder

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    How do I introduce my baby chicks into the coop without them getting peck by my

    AI do small side by side outdoor times in a free range area: the girls are curious, but I keep them at an arm's length from the chicks. I probably will not full integrate the chicks for another 2 weeks, though.

    My SS grabbed a chick by its neck feathers in February and attempted to carry it off. She's feisty, but it taught me to have a healthy dose of caution.


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  5. Passionfruitx

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    Thanks. Yeah I placed a small box or an item between them when I take the baby chicks out to roam a bit. The baby chicks are still scared though. I'm hoping that over time, they'll get used to it. Yesterday, when I was standing outside the coop watching, the older chickens were laying down in one corner and the baby chicks on the other side of the coop. They were at peace for about 10 mins. I had to leave the little box between them still though. And I'm planning to leave them out a little longer each day, with my supervision of course. I'm thinking about leaving the baby chicks in the house in a big box for the rest of this week and one more week after this. *Cross my fingers*
     
  6. nova022

    nova022 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You will never introduce new chickens into your flock without some pecking going on, that is just the nature of chicken life. They have to establish a new pecking order. Even in an established flock there will be some pecking and squabbling from time to time. To minimize the damage done by the pecking in my experience I have found it works best to wait until the new chicks are close in size to the older chickens (usually around 16-18 wks) and have stopped making the baby peep sounds. Up until that time I do keep them side by side in seperate runs, but even then you will get some pecking through the wire. Once you do introduce them to the same run provide plenty of hiding places for the new ones to take cover and provide several feeders and waterers so that everyone can eat without getting attacked.
     
  7. Mugs

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    Yay - I successfully put my chicks into the coop today! They are about 9 weeks and I have 2 full grown hens.

    My girls are free range "part timers" and I've been letting them out together for a week or so. Also letting the little girls into the run when the big girls are out. And today I put them in the coop for a little while.

    Today I had the little girls in the run and the hens came back in. I guess my older hens must be pretty mild mannered because there was a few gentle pecks but otherwise they all got along fine. When it got darker the hens were on the roost and I put the chicks in and shut the door. And they are now all on the roost!

    I've been stressing about this. But seems like it has been a success.
     
  8. ajlynco

    ajlynco Chillin' With My Peeps

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    How do you feed the newbies their Start n Grow and the older gals their Layer feed when they're integrated without each group eating the other's feed
     
  9. nova022

    nova022 Chillin' With My Peeps

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