Introducing chickens

Kmoody

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May 18, 2020
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Hi everyone. We are new to raising chicks and fell in love immediately! I have two Cochin's that are 10 weeks old and living in our coop. We went out and bought 6 more shortly after that are going on 4 weeks. They live in my house right now. When is a good time to introduce them? Also, when they are coop ready can they share with my older two?

Thanks!
 

Tommy2347

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May 31, 2020
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Hi everyone. We are new to raising chicks and fell in love immediately! I have two Cochin's that are 10 weeks old and living in our coop. We went out and bought 6 more shortly after that are going on 4 weeks. They live in my house right now. When is a good time to introduce them? Also, when they are coop ready can they share with my older two?

Thanks!
I would keep them in a brooder for about a month so they can stay warm and get healthy with all the right food etc. Crushed pellets which will have a lot of vitamins so they can grow better and get stronger. Also you can get a water drinker which is cheap to buy. After a month you can put they outside in a warm place out of the wind and they can also have a choice to go outside. I would introduce them to the others at around 2 months old. They will start laying at around 4 and a half months and 6 months considering the type of breed and the place that there kept. Hope this helps
 

Starburst

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Hi, and welcome to BYC! I am so glad you joined! :frow I would start to introduce them soon, and I usually do about 10 or more days of the chicks being able to see each other, and then I slowly integrate them. There will probably be some squabbles, but not enough fights to draw blood. And I would agree with N F C that it depends on how big your coop is.
 

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