How to introduce new chicks to the flock?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Gazinga, Jun 19, 2009.

  1. Gazinga

    Gazinga Chook Norris

    I have 5 BO chicks which are 7 weeks old, how old do they have to be in order to introduce them to the rest of the flock, how do i do it? I just dont want them beat up when i put them in the yard in general population.
  2. Gonzo

    Gonzo Songster

    May 25, 2009
    Southwestern, In
    you could put them in a pen in the coop and keep them their for a week,then let them out in the run or yard during the day with the other birds, penning them back up in the evening. I would keep them in the pen/cage for a few weeks so the other birds can get used to seeing them, but can't harm them. When you finally do let them run free in the coop, do it at their bedtime. I hope this helps! [​IMG]
  3. Gazinga

    Gazinga Chook Norris

  4. txredneckmedic

    txredneckmedic Songster

    Apr 20, 2009
    ive been keeping mine seperated for about a week or so now....gonna wait a couple more weeks then put them together.
  5. rainbowgardens

    rainbowgardens Songster

    Nov 19, 2008
    Central Virginia
    Mine are seven weeks old.
    I moved their tractor into the backyard where the big girls free-range. The hens checked them out a few days through the wire, but seemed unimpressed.
    For the past few days, I've let the chicks out for an hour before dark. the hens seemed more interested in the tastey chick feed in the tractor than in the chicks. They try pecking them if the chicks come too close or try to eat what they're going for. I think they'll be fine out in the open, but I know they aren't ready to be shut up together in the coop or run.
    I'd rather they establish their pecking order out in the open where escape is possible and the babies can't be cornered.
  6. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner Free Ranging

    Feb 2, 2009
    Southeast Louisiana

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