Introducing new chicks-how long

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by higgdm, Jul 11, 2011.

  1. higgdm

    higgdm Out Of The Brooder

    Jun 16, 2009
    Vashon Island
    How long before the adult chickens start being nice to the new chicks? I have 5 2-year old hens and recently got 3 baby chicks. Once there were 6 weeks old I put them in an enclosed run right next to the other run so they can see each other. I move the chicklets ( 2 month old now) to the adult run this weekend. Everytime the chicklets even get close to some of the chickens the chase goes on. No real fighting-the chicklets have room to run and I made them a "safe house" that the adults can't get into. Any ideas how long before "acceptance" happens-if ever?

  2. bhazell123

    bhazell123 Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 24, 2011
    Welsh La
    Quote:well sounds like its going ok to me and it normally last atleast a week or alittle longer before the chasing stops just give em time and make sure no one is getting pecked on to badly and you should be fine but i wouldt seperate them again because then they have to do the whole introductions again but this is only from wat ive expericened [​IMG]

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