integrating young chickens

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by chesapeake, Sep 10, 2014.

  1. chesapeake

    chesapeake In the Brooder

    Jun 14, 2014
    Chesapeake City, MD
    I have 10 9wk old chickens and 4 6wk old chickens, all were raised from day old. The older birds have been out in their coop/run for 3.5 weeks and I'm ready to put the younger birds out to join them. Besides providing hiding places for the younger girls, should I anticipate any major trouble integrating with birds this young? All have been handled daily and are not particularly skittish or bold and I have not observed any negative or bully behaviors with any of the older birds. I am hoping to have a smooth transition and advice is very welcome.
  2. Judy

    Judy Crowing

    Feb 5, 2009
    South Georgia
    It may go fine. I'd have a second food/water station and I'd observe for severe attacks. I'd offer some treats, something for them to peck around with like seeds they have to find, if you can.
  3. LanceTN

    LanceTN Chirping

    Aug 31, 2014
    Put the new birds in the coop at night after the flock roosts. Then make sure food is plentiful, to lower the competitiveness, when they wake up.

    You should be fine

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