Integrating breeds

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Lady Marion, Jun 17, 2009.

  1. Lady Marion

    Lady Marion In the Brooder

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    I have 25 Red Star pullets and 26 dominique pullets, three weeks old. I kept them in groups of a dozen, give or take, in wire-covered bins in the garage, and started taking them out to "play" at a week old. They are now three weeks old, almost fully feathered, and we are building them a coop.

    My question is, how do I integrate them? Is it even possible to mix the two breeds? I have tried a couple times, but the Red Stars pick on the Dominiques almost right away, so I stopped trying. Any suggestions, or do we need two coops?
     
  2. GAchick

    GAchick Songster

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    It would've been easier to integrate at the beginning, if you've had them that long. Are they about the same size? They are going to peck some, to establish a new pecking order.
     
  3. Judy

    Judy Crowing

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    You can just let them do their thing, unless it gets bloody. They will settle down after a day or two. It might help to let them loose into a large yard and have a bunch of treats ready, to distract them.
     
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