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Introducing my hen to new chicks?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by siobhan47, Aug 5, 2014.

  1. siobhan47

    siobhan47 Out Of The Brooder

    Jul 29, 2014
    New Zealand
    Hiya! My hen has been alone for a few weeks (had to say goodbye to her rooster offspring) so two days ago I got two female chicks to combat her loneliness. I am very new to all this so unsure how to go about introducing them to her? I only have one coop and at the moment I am letting Mama (my hen) free range during the day and keeping the chicks locked in the coop. At night when they have to share I am keeping the chicks in a cat cage in the coop, so Mama can see them and chat to them but not get at them. She has never been introduced to any new chickens before. I have let them share the coop once and she pecked them. I know that is normal but they are only six weeks old so obviously I don't want them to be injured. I work in a preschool and that's where the chickens are, so I don't want to let them out to free range until they are older (too many children with grabby hands). I don't know when I should let them all mix together in the coop?

    Here they are :) Dad is a Buff Orpington and Mum is an Orpington cross. Haven't thought of any names yet!
  2. bobbi-j

    bobbi-j Chicken Obsessed

    Mar 15, 2010
    On the MN prairie.
    I would wait until they're closer to her size. Chickens aren't particularly fond of chicks that aren't theirs.
  3. Rocky Rhodes

    Rocky Rhodes Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 5, 2013
    North Georgia Mountains
    X2 Chickens can be brutal on newbies. I would wait until they are big enough to free-range with your adult hen and let her get used to them where they have plenty of room to flee from the aggression she is sure to exhibit.
  4. siobhan47

    siobhan47 Out Of The Brooder

    Jul 29, 2014
    New Zealand
    Ok great. So for now I should keep doing what I'm doing? Mama is about a year and a half old. The reason I got chicks is because I wanted to tame them, otherwise I would have gotten older ones that would be easier to settle.

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