integrate babys with older hens

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by smarquis86, Jul 10, 2011.

  1. smarquis86

    smarquis86 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    hi i have 11 various breeds they are all 14 1/2 weeks old and a week ago we built a little coop in the run with a run attached with hardware cloth. the babies are 5 weeks old my question is how long do i leave the babies in there until i can join them in the bigger coop with the rest?
     
  2. HorseFeatherz NV

    HorseFeatherz NV Eggink Chickens

    You will want to wait until the little ones are closer in size to your older chicks.



    I might start letting them mingle during free range time when the youngest chicks are about 8 to 10 weeks old. Watch how your older chicks react to the young ones being out with them. I would continue to put the youngest on their side of the coop at night for a few weeks still at this point.


    Each flock is different, and even each group within the flock. I have found, for me/my flock, that juvie chicks pick on younger chicks more than adult birds pick on chicks.
     
  3. smarquis86

    smarquis86 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    thank you thats very helpfull i will try then
     

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