Introducing new chicks to month old chicks

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by socalchickmama, May 19, 2016.

  1. socalchickmama

    socalchickmama New Egg

    May 19, 2016
    Hello, My name is Savanna. Im new here to BYC and Im new to owning chickens and so far Im in love with the winged creatures. I got my first chicks a month ago. Theyre a month old as well. Today I got 2 new chicks. These chicks are 2 days old. I was wondering if anyone had any advice on introducing them. My month old chicks have been raised inside so far and ive coddled them to say the least. Theyre now my pet chickens and not just my egg laying chicks. Thank you.
  2. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Flockless Premium Member

    Jan 30, 2015
    Africa - near the equator
    Hi Savanna and [​IMG] - glad that you have joined us.

    You'll find lots of info in the Learning Centre, and if you have a specific topic in mind, just type it in the search box - there's a wealth of information on past and present threads.

    I'll let other members comment on how to integrate the two sets of chicks.

    You may wish to consider joining your state thread as it will put you in touch with other BYC members in your area -

    All the best
    Last edited: May 20, 2016
  3. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Show me the way old friend Staff Member

    Mar 21, 2011
    New Mexico, USA
    My Coop
    Hello and welcome to BYC! [​IMG]

    Introductions need to be done slowly so that the little ones don't get hurt. You will need to keep the new chicks separated by a fence or hardware cloth, next to the older birds for several weeks. They can see each other, but can't touch or bite. This will allow them to semi get to know each other behind the wire. At 3 weeks or so, you can mix them together. There will always be jostling for position, but it shouldn't be too brutal. If blood sheds, remove the bullies. Always put out several food and water stations for the new birds because the older birds will want to guard these areas and try and starve out the younger ones. The older birds can't guard all the stations.

    Good luck with your babies and welcome to our flock!
  4. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

    Jun 15, 2012
    Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us! :)
  5. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    Nice to meet you Savanna, welcome to the Backyard chickens flock.

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