Introducing Older Hens to Younger Chicks?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Shady, Sep 28, 2010.

  1. Shady

    Shady Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Feb 11, 2010
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    IDK if introducing is the right word, because they've met before, but they don't get along.
    Basically I have 18 chickens. 7 are golden comet hens, very feisty. If they didn't lay I would think they were roos, lol. And then 10 eight week old chicks, and a two year old silkie roo.
    At the moment, the hens sleep with the roo (in the same coop, but not next to each other), and the babies sleep in a rabbit hutch. This works alright at the moment, but the chicks will grow eventually (chicks grow so slowwww, lol. I want big chickens already). When the time comes do I just leave them in the coop to sleep? I also am wondering when to let the chicks start free roaming. They've been in the coop during the day for about a month now, and seem a little small to be let loose. How old should they be?
     
  2. CalebtheChicken

    CalebtheChicken Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 5, 2010
    Jeremiah, Ky.
    As they grow the younger ones should get aquainted with the older ones and get along.
    I usually don't let chicks out until about 8-10 weeks.
     

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