Integrating, what age?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Chicky Crazy, Aug 1, 2014.

  1. Chicky Crazy

    Chicky Crazy Songster

    Feb 27, 2013
    I'm wondering what age I can START integrating my chickens? I have four 8 week old chicks, two are Ameraucanas , the other two are Australorps. I have a different flock of three other birds of the age two years. Ones a RIR, and the other two Rocks.
  2. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe Free Ranging

    Nov 23, 2010
    St. Louis, MO
    With those ages, it's best to integrate like sizes so I'd wait till the chicks are almost grown. If you have a LOT of space and free range, it can work earlier.
  3. chicmom

    chicmom Dances with Chickens

    Feb 24, 2009
    Strasburg Ohio
    I personally would not integrate until the younger ones were close to adult size. It really depends on what your setup is.....The adults will definitely bully them, and chase them away from the food and water. Plus, the larger chickens can injure or even permanently maim the younger, smaller ones.

    The last time I had young chickens to add to my flock, I let them free range together, but at night, they each went back to separate coops, since I had two coops. That made it pretty easy, because the bigger chickens would chase the smaller ones, but they could hide. It took a few weeks and then everybody was getting along.
  4. ameliastuetzel

    ameliastuetzel In the Brooder

    Jul 6, 2014
    Mars Hill, NC
    I have also integrated mine on our free-range acre of woods. I have three different ages of chickens and they are all doing OK together. Mine are 2 weeks, 5 weeks, and 4 months. The big ones chase and peck at the little ones but the little ones can run away. No chicks have been hurt. I put food in three different places in the yard so the are less likely to fight over it.
    Last edited: Aug 1, 2014

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