How old do my chicks need to get before I put them w/ my older pullets

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by fiddleblue, Apr 29, 2010.

  1. fiddleblue

    fiddleblue Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 19, 2009
    I have 8 hens who are 8 months old. Today I couldn't resist getting 2 more, 2 or 3- day old Ameraucana chicks. I was told I could put them with the older hens when they get to be about 2 or 3 months. Does that sound about right? I read somewhere, I think I recall, that if you add hens to an existing flock it's good to sneak them in at night, placing them on the roost with the others, so the others might not notice (silly hens!). Anyone tried this? Does that work?
  2. KandJsmama

    KandJsmama Chillin' With My Peeps

    I just did what you did also and have heard that sneaking them in at night is how to introduce them too. The only thing that can be an issue is that the babies and the pullets can't eat the same food for awhile. This is the dilemma I am having right now... [​IMG]
    Last edited: Apr 29, 2010
  3. dldonaldsn

    dldonaldsn New Egg

    Mar 13, 2010
    Jacksonville, Oregon
    I am following this post since I have the same problem except my existing flock is 5 years old and includes a rooster. I don't know how to introduce them either. I currently have them side-by-side in a divided coop where they can see each other but not mingle. The babies are 8 weeks old now and have been outside for 3-4 days. Also, one of the older pullets is kind of the "boss" of all the others (first to the food and treats) and she may not take to the newcomers very well. Hope somebody with more experience responds.
  4. Kansaseq

    Kansaseq Prairie Wolf Farm Asylum

    Feb 12, 2009
    NE Kansas
    I usually wait until the babies are roughly the same size as the adults. That way they have a chance of holding their own until the new pecking order is established.
  5. Surehatch

    Surehatch Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 16, 2009
    Put similar sized fowl together so that they can stand their ground
  6. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast Premium Member

    May 14, 2008
    North Phoenix
    My Coop
    I don't put the younger ones with the older ones until they are at LEAST 16 weeks... right now I have a number of 17 week old pullets that I'm not going to introduce to the big coop for another month.
  7. felidaet

    felidaet Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 10, 2008
    Vancouver, Wa.
    In a couple of more weeks I am going to divide my run in half with poultry wire. The existing flock will use their coop and 1/2 of the run. The new chicks will use the new second coop and the other 1/2 of the run. I plan to keep them divided with pultry wire until they are at least 18 weeks old. The older flock has 15 one year old hens. I have 25 chicks in the brooder (I think there are 3 roosters that will need to be rehomed in a few weeks). This is way too many to try to integrate by putting the new ones on the roost of with the older ones. My plan is to remove the poultry wire divider early on a Saturday morning. I will then open both coops at the same time and cross my fingers hoping that integration will go well. I will be watching all of them closely the first couple of days. I am hoping that since they have seen each other everyday in the run for a few weeks the integration will go smooth.
  8. DAFox

    DAFox Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 7, 2009
    SW MO in Vernon Co
    I've had easy integrations and rough ones. It helps if they are the exact same size, but, if for some reason you can't wait, try to give the little ones a place to escape that the big ones can't reach. You could also, put two or three of the older hens in with the young ones for a few days before the rest get integrated. Give the young ones had a place to hide, too. I did that and that was my easiest integration.
    I'm not experienced with introducing roosters, though.
    Good luck,
  9. eggharvester16

    eggharvester16 New Egg

    Jun 10, 2016
    I have 19 nankins about 2 months old when can I put them with the others ? I have a mixed pen I have americanas and frizzles in a pen they were all raised together from the farm I got them from but I have them now and a new living space but they have been here almost 3 weeks now

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