Introducing new chicks?


In the Brooder
10 Years
Jul 25, 2009
I have 4 Girls...will be a year old in April. 2 RIR and 2 White Leghorns. Would like to get 2 chicks in April. What is the best way to introduce the new kids to the Girls?


11 Years
Jul 22, 2008
N'rn Wisconsin
We have a pretty large coop. I hatched a couple eggs last spring, and when it was time to move the chicks out to the coop, I put a large door crate in the corner. I kept them locked in it for a couple weeks. Then, I'd let them out a bit while I was working around the coop. Then, I'd wire the door open enough for them to get in and out, but too narrow for the adults to get in, so the chicks could escape if need be. Then, eventually, I removed the crate. One bird turned out to be a roo, so he went into the soup pot last fall. The other is a hen who is just another member of the flock.

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