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integrating two batches of chicks

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by ShanandGem, Apr 9, 2016.

  1. ShanandGem

    ShanandGem Songster

    Feb 16, 2016
    I have had my bigs (7 weeks) and littles (3 weeks) in the same coop with the littles in a completely enclosed 'play pen' for over a week now. I haven't attempted to leave the littles' door open so everyone can mingle yet. There is a BIG size difference between the two flocks and I am not sure when to start making introductions.
    How closely will I have to watch? What are the first signs of aggression?
    I have read up on how to make a panic door but just because of the way the play pen is situated there is a real possibility of a little getting caught around the other side and having no way back in.
    I hatched these littles myself and a couple were VERY little (pullet eggs) so I am very mother hen-ish about them.

  2. Lelilamom

    Lelilamom Songster

    Feb 28, 2013
    There are a few schools of thought about mixing age groups. Your best bet is to research the different ways and finding what works for your set up. Whatever you choose, have a large enough set up to accommodate all your birds is important.

    Good luck and let us know what you do and how it worked out.

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