introducing adolescents to other adolescents - problems?


9 Years
Jun 14, 2010

I am a total newbie! I have three 6-week old pullets that just made it into their coop this weekend. So far, so good!

I have a bossy Americauna who is the leader of the "peck", a shy silver laced wyandotte, and a very curious and friendly Rhode Island Red. My coop and run is about 80 sq ft total, so I have decided to get another pullet. Yeah I guess the addiction has already kicked in!

I want to go ahead and add a fourth now because I am reading all about how its traumatic and/or what a pain it can be to introduce a new single adult chicken. If I get a 4-6 week old pullet can I just add her to the coop and expect little to no problems, because they are so young? At this young age, would they peck enough to cause serious injury? They guy at the feed store said to expect no problems at this age, but I wanted to ask this board because they'd be in the coop all day alone while I'm at work, I don't want to come home to some pecked-to-death chicken!

Please let me know your experiences and advice with this.

Thank you very much!


13 Years
May 23, 2009
It might be fine, or it might not. Personally, I wouldn't do it until after a supervised introductory period. If there are problems, then you'll be able to intervene.

And instead of adding just a single bird, why not two? I've read that it's much easier to do that than to introduce a single bird. Plus, you get more chickens that way!


In the Brooder
9 Years
Apr 8, 2010
Warren County NY
There is never any guarantee when it comes to a bird or animal.
One thing I find that works for me is to add any new chickens at night (or in total darkness) when everyone is roosting. I just set them on a roost with everyone else and for some reason in the morning they normally act like they have been there all along. It was advice from an old farmer.
I don't know why but it works.

Country Cluck

In the Brooder
10 Years
Dec 4, 2009
Battle Ground
I tried introducing 10 week old chicks to 9 month old pullets and my rooster and it was a disaster. They pretended to get along the entire day I was out gardening near them, but the moment I walked away the 9 month olds went after the chicks. My rooster was chasing them down and stepping on them and he ways 8+ pounds, so it was just a total nightmare. This was after they have been living side by side for 4 weeks with deer fencing between the run. The older girls also ganged up and sat next to the chicks food and water which prevented the chicks from eating and drinking until they left. I would suggest you wait until they are closer to each other in size.

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