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Introducing 5 week olds to 5 week olds

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by elliottnaomi, Apr 18, 2016.

  1. elliottnaomi

    elliottnaomi New Egg

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    G day, first time poster!

    I am wanted to get 2 five week old Plymouth Rock chicks to add to my flock.

    I currently have 4 chicks all at 5 weeks old also (2 white leghorns, 2 black australorps)

    i want to know what measures I need to take in introducing them to each other and the quarantine time line for 5 week olds?

    Any info would be great, cheers :)
     
  2. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Monkey Business Premium Member

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    Hi and welcome to BYC - glad that you have joined us.

    I'd suggest that 30 days is ok for quarantine, but this duration may not be necessary if you got all your chicks from the same source.

    These links may help you re: introductions, but for such young birds it should not be so traumatic (for you or them).

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/1015820/reintegration-by-supervised-visits#post_15742910

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/a/adding-to-your-flock


    All the best

    CT

    BTW - you can join your country thread if you wish - "Australia, six states and that funny little island" and chat to members Down Under.
     
  3. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life Out of the Woods Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us! :)
     
  4. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    I believe the best integration approach is the "Look but, don't touch" method. You can probably locate that info through the search box. I believe at around 2 weeks of age chicks are already forming the pecking order.- so it may involve a lot of changes in the ranks when both groups meet up.
     
  5. elliottnaomi

    elliottnaomi New Egg

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    Thanks for the info everyone :)
     

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