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Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Red Rosie, May 1, 2011.

  1. Red Rosie

    Red Rosie New Egg

    May 1, 2011
    Hi All,

    I have lots of questions, but the first one is: how old do pullets need to be so I can put them in with my big girls. I have 3 pullets, about 5 weeks old each, and 4 mature hens.
  2. AuntieE

    AuntieE Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 11, 2011
    Philipsburg, PA
    Hi! [​IMG]

    I'm pretty new myself, so I don't have any great advice. At the minimum, when you do put them together you will need to observe to see how the hens accept the pullets. My understanding is that the closer they are in size (2-3 months) when you introduce them, the better.

    Hopefully someone else will answer that is more of an expert. [​IMG]

    Good luck with your chickies [​IMG]
  3. schellie69

    schellie69 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 8, 2009
    [​IMG] from Kansas

    Wait until you younger ones are close to the size of your hens then put them in the pen but separate them maybe let them free range together but keep the younger ones in a separate area for a couple of weeks then take down the fence and let them be together in the pen/coop that is how I did it last year and how I plan to do that this year with my new ones.
  4. dawg53

    dawg53 Humble

    Nov 27, 2008
    Jacksonville, Florida
    Welcome to BYC.
  5. Barred Babies

    Barred Babies Red Roof Farms

    Sep 20, 2009
    Pride, La.
    Welcome [​IMG]
  6. JulieNKC

    JulieNKC Overrun With Chickens

    Sep 25, 2010
    Kansas City
    Mine are about 5-8 weeks old(got them a few weeks apart). Right now they free range together a few hours, I'll be moving them in with the big girls in a week or so, seperated though in a cage for a week or so. Just do what you feel comfortable with, and watch close for any signs of the lil ones getting picked on too much. When I moved my baby silkies in with the big girls over the winter it went easy, but you never know.[​IMG]
  7. ghillie

    ghillie Hen Pecked

    Nov 13, 2008
    Colorado Springs, Co
  8. 4-H chicken mom

    4-H chicken mom Overrun With Chickens

    Aug 3, 2007
    Oberlin, OH
    [​IMG] and [​IMG] from Ohio. So glad you joined. Good advice given. [​IMG]
  9. weimarmama

    weimarmama Overrun With Chickens

    Jun 4, 2010
    My Coop
    [​IMG] & [​IMG] from Alabama. We usually wait until ours are about the same size as the older ones & then gradually introduce them. Sometimes it all goes smoothly & sometimes not so much.
  10. ChickenPeep

    ChickenPeep Faith & Feathers

    May 1, 2011
    Olathe, Kansas
    im new too if anyone wants to, can you tell me some tips? (im from kansas)

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