Introducing chicks

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by skyfilly, Aug 22, 2014.

  1. skyfilly

    skyfilly In the Brooder

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    Hi guys and gals

    I will be purchasing a few Orpington chicks
    Next week and I have older Chickens, 2 pullets and a cockerel. Can I put the chicks with them? Or do I need To separate them for awhile until they are older.

    Thank
     
    Last edited: Aug 22, 2014
  2. BantamLover21

    BantamLover21 Crowing 5 Years

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    How old are your pullets and cockerel? And how old are the chicks you are purchasing? If there is a different in age of more than 2-4 weeks, you will have to wait before introducing the new chicks. I would wait until the chicks are at least 12 weeks of age before putting them in with your older birds.
     
  3. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Crowing 5 Years

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    Welcome to BYC! [​IMG] If the chicks are close enough in age to your pullets and cockerel, you could put them together. If you current bird are full-size, I'd wait until the new birds are about 14-16 weeks old before putting them together.

    Also, its important to quarantine the new birds when you get them. Keep them separate for at least two weeks, as you don't want them transmitting disease to your current flock.
     
  4. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Bird is the Word Staff Member Premium Member 7 Years

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    Hello there and welcome to BYC! [​IMG]

    X3 Chicks need to be at least 3 or 4 months old before they are mixed in an adult flock. Keep them in a cage or fenced off area for at least one month before mixing, but within the flock at all times. Everybody sees, nobody touches. When you do mix them in, put out a few more feeding and watering stations. The older flock can guard these areas and starve out the newbies. And always intervene if it turns bloody.

    Good luck and enjoy all your babies!
     
  5. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member 9 Years

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    X 4 on the advice given above. A good rule of thumb is that new birds should be of a similar size to the existing flock before integrating. [​IMG]
     
  6. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 Free Ranging Premium Member

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    Hello :frow and Welcome To BYC!
     
  7. Mountain Peeps

    Mountain Peeps Change is inevitable, like the seasons Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC! Please make yourself at home and we are here to help.

    Like everyone has said, the see but don't touch is the best method to use.
     
  8. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member 8 Years

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