I need advice

cornwellkidd

Chirping
7 Years
Dec 12, 2012
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I have 5 chicks from 4 wks old to 7 wks old . How do I safely mix them in with 2 older hens 2 1/2 yrs old ? Someone told me to put them in the coop at night . I don't know if that sounds right any advice.
Thank You
 

IZZYBELLA

Songster
7 Years
Jan 11, 2013
512
168
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Maine
I usually wait until 10 weeks to integrate, but I know some people do it earlier. I think the 4 week olds would definitely be a little too young. Here's how I do it... I set up a separate fenced area in the run, so that the hens can see the chicks and vice versa. I put them in there during the day and put them back in their separate cage at night for about 3 days. At the same time I do some supervised free ranging (the hens seem to be less bothered by the new girls when they are free ranging as opposed to in the run/coop). If all seems to go fine, I do a supervised time together in the run, making sure that the chicks still have a place to run for safety that the hens cannot access. Keep a close eye on them. If that goes well, I put the chicks on a low roost in the dark one night. Get out to the coop early that first morning, though, to make sure it's not a blood bath!

I may make this a little more involved than others, but I would just hate to go out and find a dead chick! If you ever get a broody hen, let her raise chicks. It is SO easy...she integrates them into the flock with no fuss!

Good luck!
 

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