How/when to safely introduce new Mama & babies to chicken society

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by La_TomboyGirl, Jun 4, 2010.

  1. La_TomboyGirl

    La_TomboyGirl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have a first time Mom & week old hatchlings that are eager to join the general population, but I'm a bit hesitant. I let the 4 adult standard birds out to freerange, & added Mommy & co. to the remaining juvenile standards & bantams in the run. They were curious, & upon their approach, Mom went nuts several times, attacking them, biting, flapping & fussing. Ok, I expected that much. But the last time she ran over 1 of her own babies in the freakout & I thought he was paralyzed @ first, [​IMG] then after a few minutes he was over the shock & went back to pecking. So, when's the best/safest time frame to reunite the whole flock? Or should I just make a temp. pen for them to stay in & for how long? Thanks!
     

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