Introducing babies to two year olds - how old is "old enough"

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by MarieNC, Apr 7, 2012.

  1. MarieNC

    MarieNC Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have 6 hens that are two years old and they are the sweetest things in the world. Three weeks ago we got two babies, and they are currently in the brooder. When they get their feathers I will put them outside. I have separate coops and runs (but I can open them into one big run if need be) so I figured I would put the babies by themselves in their own coop/run until they're old enough, and to give the other girls a chance to see and hear them before I mix them together. My question is...how old should they be before I can let them all mix together? I don't want anything to happen to the little ones.
     
  2. tuckertori

    tuckertori Out Of The Brooder

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    I am introducing my 5 new girls to a year old. The first meeting was between a fence and one of the babies tried pecking the year old! We decided to name her Sugar Ray (the boxer). The next meeting was in the run. I left the year old outside of it for about 15 minutes and then let her in. They were pretty good. I wouldn't leave them alone yet. The little ones are a month old.
     
  3. cooped up

    cooped up Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm in a similar situation, they have had some contact,but I'm thinking that they should be close to the same size. At 8 weeks my BA 's{even though they are a large bird} are still half the size of my layers.
     
  4. Zach123

    Zach123 Out Of The Brooder

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    I have always gotten my chicks around the begining/middle of March, which, here in Colorado, winter is still well dug in. Once the weather gets nice and warm about the end of April-mid May, I start letting the little ones out to play and they are free to mingle with the others, or not (and vice versa) my chickens were always free ranged so the little ones always had room to escape any extreme meaness from the older birds, but this meathod worked very well for getting my birds aquainted with one another. Im not sure how well this would work with penned birds since the little nes dont have access to safe havens away from the older ones. What I would do is have their runs butted to each other so they can see and hear and expierience each other but cant get to them. introduce them for little bit at a time supervised and just kind of keep it gradual so that the older birds dont see it as a territory fight and try to keep the young birds out of their space.
     
  5. PoultryGirly

    PoultryGirly Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The best age would be at about 12 weeks.
     

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