- Nov 5, 2012
I have a small flock of buff orpingtons. One got broody in July and hatched out 3 babies for me. Unfortunately Mama died when they were about 10 weeks old. They are in a tractor near the pen with the "big kids" (1 roo and 5 girls). Two of the 16 weekers (I know one of them is a roo and I think they both are) are pretty well grown and have their grown up voices, although they are not crowing. The other one is a runt and is still making baby noises. I've waited to integrate, because I have read that if they are still making baby noises they should not be put in with the grown-ups. I really want to integrate them all together to disperse some of the pecking order aggression. Should I go ahead and integrate? Integrate the two big ones? Wait til the other batch of 5 week old chicks are bigger and integrate them with the 16 week old crew? Any suggestions appreciated; I thought Mama would be around to help me with this!