How to safely introduce my 4 week olds with my 6 week olds?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by TheFunkyChicken, May 10, 2011.

  1. TheFunkyChicken

    TheFunkyChicken New Egg

    Apr 26, 2011
    Hi...This is all new to me.I bought 15 chicks to start about 3 weeks old I added 5 new chicks to the brooder.The following week I added 4 more new chicks..(I think I have a new addiction!)They all got along fine even though it was a little cramped.One week later I moved the original batch to the coop.They have been in the coop for 2 weeks,they are now 6 weeks old.Today I tried to add the other 4 week olds and they were beating the chicken poop out of them...some were nice but most weren't so I removed them and put them back indoors in the brooder.Should I put the brooder (which is a dog kennel) in the coop for a couple days or weeks?I really want this flock to be all together again!
  2. TigerLilly

    TigerLilly I failed Chicken Math

    Jul 18, 2010
    Central Florida
    Putting a crate/dog carrier with them in it & putting that in the coop is one way to do it.
    You can also re-introduce them at night see how it goes from there. There is going to be a certain amount of fighting while they straighten out the pecking order. As long as no one starts bleeding, let them work it out.

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