Integrating adults and newbies

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by mandy Mo, Feb 21, 2014.

  1. mandy Mo

    mandy Mo New Egg

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    Hello!
    I have two adult girls. Two that are 4weeks old and two that are days old. How soon can the middle girls live with the adults. ( I'm already putting them I'm the yard in their own run during the day) and can I keep her babies and the middles together in the same brooding box?
     
  2. red horse ranch

    red horse ranch Chillin' With My Peeps

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    In warm climates or during the summer, chicks can be without heat at 6 weeks old. In cold weather I keep a little extra heat for them until 2 months old.
    When you add yours in with the hens it would be a good idea to give the babies a place to escape to if the hens bother them.[​IMG]
    My rule of thumb.... don't put little ones together who are more than 3 weeks difference in age.
     
    Last edited: Feb 21, 2014
  3. cackleberrycam

    cackleberrycam Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That is my rule of thumb too!
     
  4. SoDak605

    SoDak605 Out Of The Brooder

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    I did two groups of chickens last spring/summer, about 2 months age difference between groups. They didn't start to integrate until I began placing them in the coop with the older birds at night. Even today one rooster and two of his hens wont go in in the coop at all unless I put them in there, they sleep with the duck instead.
     

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