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Integrating Chicks...should I be worried?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Nutcase, Jul 31, 2013.

  1. Nutcase

    Nutcase Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The breeds I am hoping to get in future are not available from the same source. Will young chicks quickly accept newcomers when they are added to the flock or will they bully them? They would probably be 1 week old or less.
     
  2. mithious

    mithious Chillin' With My Peeps

    I've hear some can work, some don't, so I would be ready with a separate brooder box, just incase, it might be just fine, I hear it's hard to tell until you actually put them together and see what happens...Best of luck with your new chooks and I hope all works out fine!
     
  3. ChirpyChicks1

    ChirpyChicks1 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    There is no way to know until you actually put them together. I've seen people have really good luck and I've also read posts of chicks/chickens killing each other. Just don't assume after 15 minutes that all is fine. They can easily turn on each other so you have to keep an eye on them.

    Are you talking about ordering chicks from different places at the same time? If so I would keep them separate from each other, kind of like quarantine, just to watch illnesses. Actually I'd "quarantine" chicks/chickens no matter what, probably a week. My flock has been so healthy, I'd freak out if another chicken came near them lol
     
  4. Nutcase

    Nutcase Chillin' With My Peeps

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    How long do you recommend keeping them separate?
     
  5. ChirpyChicks1

    ChirpyChicks1 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'd go a week but I have no idea if there is a "standard" time that people follow, I'd just do a week. Plenty of time to see if any of the new comers are sick
     
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  6. ChirpyChicks1

    ChirpyChicks1 Chillin' With My Peeps

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  7. Jakoda

    Jakoda Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm not seeing what age your current ones would be when adding others?

    I have 3 different groups of ages and this is what I did...The first group was a year old, I brought in day olds,,i obviously kept them in the brooder for about a month..I built a separate area inside my run (I can't free range),,put the 3 in the separate area...When they were in there for a good 3 weeks, and are just about the size of my adult chickens, I let them integrate,,,it's actually been pretty easy...the "3" still stick together for the most part, one is a roo, and he is a big 'weenie',,,if one of the girls peck him he screams like a girl LOL...and he is much bigger now than my 1 year olds..

    Ok, now in the house, I got 3, day olds, when they were 2 weeks old, I got 3 / 1 week olds,, I just put those right in with the older 3...The first few hours everyone was staring at everyone, trying to figure out what these 'newcomers' were...After 24 hours they were all 'buds'...

    I think putting young young birds together, with not to much age difference is easier and fast to transition than adults to youngsters..plus the size factor..Just my newbie advice:)
    Diane
     

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