How old to add new chicks to existing flock?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by photo chick, Jul 1, 2011.

  1. photo chick

    photo chick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I want more chickens but I don't want chicks. I'm just not in the mind set to keep them inside and warm right now. I was hoping to just add 2 chicks to my existing flock of 6. Is it reasonable to think that at some point I could do that? I have done no research so please set me straight on this. I have a neighbor who has over 100 chicks ranging from a few days old to 6 weeks old. He has some very unique breeds. Is it possible to add a couple of 6 week old chicks to my coop? My girls are very docile but have never met other chicks besides themselves. They are a year old.
     
  2. ninabeast

    ninabeast Chillin' With My Peeps

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    There have been a few threads on this subject lately, and the consensus seems to be that you need to wait until the pullets are almost the same size as you adult hens, around 16 weeks.
     
  3. photo chick

    photo chick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Bummer - I just don't want to do the inside thing this summer. We originally kept our girls in our downstairs bathroom. If I were to add them to the flock, would I need to keep them fully separated or only when they are inside? Sorry if this seems like a silly question. I have tried to do a "search" but apparently didn't use the right key words.
     
  4. Nicole01

    Nicole01 Overrun With Chickens

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    I used a wire dog kennel inside the coop to integrate. It wasn't easy, but after 3 weeks they were fully integrated! It's best to introduce when both flocks are roughly the same size. I kept a very close eye on them and I never allowed bullying. The dog kennel worked wonders.
     
  5. shelleyb1969

    shelleyb1969 Star Bright Farm

    Quote:Very similar to what I do. You can either use a cage/kennel, or partition off (with chicken wire) a section of your coop for the youngsters. After a few weeks of seeing each other, everyone gets used to each other. Then when the youngsters are released, the older birds consider them "old business" and don't pay much attention to them. LOL Of course the older ones will set them straight on the pecking order, but they won't chase them down to kill them or anything vicious like that. [​IMG]
     
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  6. JodyJo

    JodyJo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have 16 12-13 week olds and 3 2 week olds. I figured I would be keeping the little ones separate for a while yet...They are inside in a large cage, I suppose I will just put that cage inside the coop when they are feathered out and let them all adjust to each other...I was trying for some EE pullets and of course the 3 I got, were all roos, so I purchased 3 more, pullets this time, now they have to play catch up!
     
  7. Nicole01

    Nicole01 Overrun With Chickens

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    I used a wire dog kennel inside the coop to integrate. It wasn't easy, but after 3 weeks they were fully integrated! It's best to introduce when both flocks are roughly the same size. I kept a very close eye on them and I never allowed bullying. The dog kennel worked wonders.
     
  8. WVChickenFarmer

    WVChickenFarmer Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have (5) 13 week olds & (7) 7 week olds that I intergrated. I also used a dog kennel for a couple weeks so they could get use to each other. Right now I have (2) 4 week olds in the same dog kennel that I used for the 7 week old chicks. It will probably still be a long time before I can actually put them with the others. But we really did not want to keep them inside any longer.
     
  9. ThinkingChickens

    ThinkingChickens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You could purchase six week old, fully feathered gals and then do an x pen so the two can get used to each other.
     
  10. I built a brooder under my nesting box in the coop. Mine are only 4 weeks old. I got one hen wants to peck at them. I have hardware cloth so the beak doesn't touch them. Guess let this run its course and hope the hen just give up.
     

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