How old to release new chicks into the flock?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by rider357, Mar 6, 2011.

  1. rider357

    rider357 Out Of The Brooder

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    Feb 25, 2011
    Nokesville, Va
    Hey All,
    I've got 6 chicks I picked up last week that are 6 weeks old. There in a separate enclosure, under a heat lamp, in my main coop so the other birds can get used to them. The lamp is about 3ft above the birds and they seem to be doing fine. My question is how old should they be to be released out into the flock? The other birds seem to find them interesting at first, but haven't paid much attention to them since the first couple of days they were there. I'm thinking 10 weeks or so, but I wanted to check with you guys first. [​IMG]

    Thanks guys!

    Mick
     
  2. jennh

    jennh Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 21, 2007
    Lititz
    I would at least wait until they are fully feathered, until they don't need the heat light.
    You didn't mention where you are located. I kept mine apart probably for 3 months, letting them see each other through a fence. Then I just integrated them all together one night, and no one was the wiser. JMHO

    BTW, [​IMG] [​IMG]

    Jen
     
    Last edited: Mar 6, 2011
  3. rider357

    rider357 Out Of The Brooder

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    Quote:Thanks Jen. They are fully feathered now. I'm located in Northern Virginia. The daytime temps are in the mid to upper 40s now with the occasional 50 or 60deg day. I think I'll give em another 2 weeks and cut em lose.
     

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