Integrating new babies into flock, Help please.

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by BeckyandHerBrood, Jul 25, 2011.

  1. BeckyandHerBrood

    BeckyandHerBrood Out Of The Brooder

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    Hello, I am loooking for a little integration advice. I have 3 hens that are 11 weeks old and 4 chicks that are 4 weeks old. They have been in the run togehter with a divider in the middle (they could see each other) for about a week. Tonight I slipped the babies into the coop with the bigger girls for the night. Am I crazy? Will I wake up in the morning to a bloody mess? I have read that it is best to wait until they are all the same size, but would really love to de-segregate my chicken population and get on with our lives. Should I run out and grab the babies back out to save them, or do you think they will be fine?

    Please help calm this nervous chicken mama...I am scared that I just threw my babies to the wolves.
     
  2. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast Premium Member

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    I'd be out there as the Sun comes up to see what happens.... sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't, but where they are all so young, I think you have a good chance of it working.
     
  3. BeckyandHerBrood

    BeckyandHerBrood Out Of The Brooder

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    If it doesn't work am I going to be sorry that I tried?
     
  4. BeckyandHerBrood

    BeckyandHerBrood Out Of The Brooder

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    I just went to check on them, and they are all in a big fluffy chicken pile cuddled together in the coop, this makes me SO happy. I sure hope this works.
     
  5. macdoogle2

    macdoogle2 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I've done what you have done and it worked out fine. The fact that their are 4 little ones helps.
     
  6. CowgirlPenny

    CowgirlPenny Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I had GREAT luck combining group #2 and #3 with three being youngest and two being my middle ones. I think the fact that there were more in the younger group overwhelmed the #2 group so they accepted them. However, I have never had ANY luck adding group #2 to group #1. Group #1 is just about 3 weeks older but I should have tried to mesh them at a younger age, I waited until the older ones were about 15 weeks which was too long. I'm glad yours worked!
     
  7. BeckyandHerBrood

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    I went out to open the coop door this morning and everyone was fine. My BO hen is the leader of the older girls and she is a little pecky with the little ones, but she never removes feathers or draws blood so I think it will be OK. So far so good.
     

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