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introducing chickens..chicks or hens??

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Sillystunt, Jan 22, 2009.

  1. Sillystunt

    Sillystunt Master of the Silly

    Jul 11, 2008
    Winter Haven, FL
    We currently have 2 chickens aka hens about 8 months old. i want to get more but an not sure if i should get chicks or grown hens. I have read about full grown hens and the 30 day seperation. I wanted to get chicks but am not sure which is better for the flock to get along???

  2. Omran

    Omran Songster

    Jul 26, 2008
    Bagdad KY
    Quote:Chicks are always very good if they come from a good hatchery,because they will be healthy, the only problem is that you can't put them with the hens untill they get old enough to defend themselfs.
    If you are in a hurry and you need hens soon, then you have to do the 30 days deal or find a real honest chicken owner who will tell you the history of his chicken, and please do get another openion beside mine, because I am still learning too.

  3. Sillystunt

    Sillystunt Master of the Silly

    Jul 11, 2008
    Winter Haven, FL
    lol, i am not sure if i could seperate them for 6 months! My husband curses the duck and said we should have gotten another chicken. Thank god the duck speaks quack and he doesn't understand....[​IMG]

    I really want delawares but being in Florida i haven't found any! My chickens are pretty passive but i have heard horror stories ! My toddlers and i could not deal with chickens pecking each other to death!
    I cry when I lose a very plant...... Don't ask ?????
  4. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

    Nov 9, 2007
    SW Arkansas
    If you get hens you'll have to quarantine them. If you get chicks you'll have to keep them seperate until they are of a good size to not be injured by your current chickens.
    With chicks from a hatchery you could always create an temporary wall in your coop where the hens could see the chicks but not get to them. If you get already started pullets they will have to be kept completely apart - as in not in the same area even.
    I'd go with chicks. You can get the breed you want and it's alot of fun to watch them grow and develop their personalities.
    With careful introductions the fighting issue should be about the same. Everybody has to work out their place in the pecking order whether you get chicks or hens and it can usually be accomplished without any real harm to any of them.
    Tell the DH to be nice to the duck or the harley gets a new paint job provided by the kids. [​IMG]
  5. cmom

    cmom Hilltop Farm

    Nov 18, 2007
    My Coop
    Quote:Ideal has delaware chicks. I live in Florida. I order from Ideal. They are located in Texas.
  6. chookchick

    chookchick Songster

    Aug 18, 2008
    Olympia WA
    I am in the exact same situation and I have decided to do both! A couple of new hens from my hairdresser, then some chicks later on in the spring. The intro thing is really a drag. I have to rebuild the quarantine/baby coop bigger, reclaim my old day run from my hubbies lawn mowers, make the new run bigger, and modify the coop for more roosting area. Geez, this is like a full time job! I sometimes doubted they would ever get along, but they soon became a flock.....I was able to put juvies with an adult at 4 months, but some have done it earlier.

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