Introducing new chicks to my adult ladies

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by jenni22776rn, Mar 14, 2011.

  1. jenni22776rn

    jenni22776rn Songster

    Mar 6, 2011
    Central Maine
    Does anyone know when it is ok to introduce the baby chicks..approx 5-6 my adult ladies? I have one Roo..and 4 hens that are going to be introduced. My RIR is the boss and does rule the roost..but does it make a diffrence with introducing a Roo to the mix? They are outgrowing the indoor pens...and soon need to be let go in their outdoor home.
    This is Gretta Girl..the queen of the roost..[​IMG]
  2. Wild Trapper

    Wild Trapper Songster

    Jan 1, 2011
    [​IMG] from Ohio [​IMG] It might help if you can set it up so they can live side by side - separated only by some chicken wire for a while before you mix them. Also, there is a product called Hot-Pick that is supposed to help discourage picking. I have not tried it, but I'm looking to one of these days. RIRs are one breed I stay away from, to me, JMO, they are one of the worst for picking of all the ones I've had. Oh yes, sometimes a rooster can fall below the queen hen in the pecking order and get some serious "Hen Pecking" done to him too.
  3. 4-H chicken mom

    4-H chicken mom Crowing

    Aug 3, 2007
    Oberlin, OH
    [​IMG] and [​IMG] from Ohio. I agree with Wild Trapper. Good luck. [​IMG]
  4. ghillie

    ghillie Hen Pecked

    Nov 13, 2008
    Colorado Springs, Co

  5. Attack Chicken

    Attack Chicken [IMG]emojione/assets/png/2665.png?v=2.2.7[/IMG] Hu

    Sep 25, 2008
    Indianapolis, IN
    [​IMG] from Indiana! [​IMG]

  6. NonnasBabies

    NonnasBabies Muddy Acre Farms

    Sep 20, 2009
    Pride, La.
    [​IMG] & [​IMG] from Pride, La. you will learn lots here!! [​IMG]

    Before you try to intergrate them make sure your chicks are about the same size as your older girls so they can hold their own with them!!
  7. feather and mountain man

    feather and mountain man Corn fed Indiana farmgirl

    Jan 17, 2010

    I don't integrate my babies until they are about the same size. I will make a small pen inside my large pen so they can get used to each other before that for about a week or two.
  8. Ema

    Ema Songster

    Jun 4, 2010
    N. Ontario CANADA
    [​IMG] from Northern Ontario canada
  9. rockinpaints

    rockinpaints Songster

    Jan 26, 2010
    [​IMG] Welcome from Northern Ohio! [​IMG] Good LucK!

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