Introducing Chicks to full growns

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by SweetLilRachy00, Dec 24, 2007.

  1. SweetLilRachy00

    SweetLilRachy00 Songster

    Oct 30, 2007
    Simpsonville, SC
    How and when is the best way?

    I have 2 6 week old silkies that will be joining the flock when the time comes.

    Personally, I think they are too small and will get trampled on while in the coop. Plus, they would NEVER be able to fly or hop up the the perch that all the others sleep on.

  2. Kanchii

    Kanchii Songster

    Sounds like you'll have to let them out for short visits under your supervision. Keep an eye on them, but expect them to be picked on a bit, just if one seems to really be trying to do some real harm, pull them away. If they get along, could you make a small thing to perch on for them?
  3. TripleStackPoultry

    TripleStackPoultry In the Brooder

    Dec 23, 2007
    Niantic, IL
    Ok silkies in general will be at the bottom of the pecking order do to the fact their the odd balls and that they, in most cases, wont fight back do to their docile nature.

    I've had tons of birds that just dont get along .....

    so you may, like a past article stated, put out some branches or sticks or really anything that a young bird can hide behind.

    Hope I help,

  4. V Chic Chick

    V Chic Chick Songster

    Jan 11, 2007
    Bristol, England
    You need to keep them separate until the age of about 18 weeks. This is because they need different food (chick crumbs until 6-8 weeks, then growers pellets until 18 weeks).

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