Introducing new chicken to the group

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by CAMOCLUCKS, Nov 20, 2008.


    CAMOCLUCKS In the Brooder

    Aug 28, 2008
    St. Elmo, Illinois
    This is the first time we have ever had a hen hatch eggs, we usually buy chicks but this round we kept a rooster. We had a hen hatch 8 chicks 4 1\\2 weeks ago outside of the pen. The hen and chicks were put in a pen and house of their own because of them being born outside of the pen and this is new to us. What is the best way and time to introduce them into the group. And do they need any type heat source now that they are almost to big for all of them to get under mom.

  2. Opa

    Opa Opa-wan Chickenobi

    May 11, 2008
    Howell Michigan
    I'd wait until they are about the same size as the birds you will be putting them in with.
  3. Cason

    Cason Songster

    What if you're raising a group of banties? They'll never be that same size?
  4. leejaehwa

    leejaehwa In the Brooder

    Nov 16, 2008
    It's almost winter so in my own opinion i would rather keep them separated until spring and as for the heat lamp i would still use it. You can lose a lot of chicks during the winter by getting crushed seeking warmth.

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