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Introducing babies to 9 week(ish) old chickens

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by mlecreason, Apr 13, 2016.

  1. mlecreason

    mlecreason Out Of The Brooder

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    I'm laying outside in front of the coop to watch what the older ones do. But thought maybe a short intro each day (it's a good temp outside, but not near warm enough to just let the babies be out all day) to help with the transition. For the most part, the older chickens aren't too interested in the babies. Every now and then they come check them out, but then they huddle back together in their corner.

    Any suggestions? Currently they're all huddled in their own sleeping groups.

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  2. CascadiaRiver

    CascadiaRiver Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Those are very small chicks, I do not recommend putting them together until the babies are at least a few weeks old so sizes are much more similar or until they are big enough to not get picked on (Ive had older chicks pick up and throw babies before). The babies are probably huddles together for warmth since if they are a week or less they need to be 100 degrees F, and the older chicks have probably realized they arent food or threat and are uninterested now.
     

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