How/when to merge new chicks with flock.

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by dodgewoman, Apr 21, 2013.

  1. dodgewoman

    dodgewoman Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 30, 2012
    I have 7 hens that are a year old and 2 roosters. I currently have 9 chicks that are about 6-8 weeks old. I have started putting the chicks out during the day next to the hens current run. When can I start integrating them full time? How do I go about doing this? Throw them in at night and hope for the best?
  2. Judy

    Judy Moderator Staff Member

    Feb 5, 2009
    South Georgia
    It is safest to house them where they can see and hear each other until the chicks are around the same size as the older ones. I'll give you a link to some methods. The first part is about quarantine, which doesn't apply to you, so just scroll on down.
  3. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

    Jun 15, 2012
    My Coop
    In a few weeks it would be best to put them in at night. This way it's the easiest to merge them with the older birds. Always remember that the first few days the chicks will be working out the pecking order so they will most likely get picked on.
  4. dodgewoman

    dodgewoman Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 30, 2012
    Thanks for the link! I think we could rig up a temp run and coop, just to get my husband to get time to do so!

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