Introducing young pullets

peachamn

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May 16, 2017
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I have 2 11 week olds - a buff orpington and a Cali white and will be getting 2 7 week Brahmas. I've been looking for help online on introducing everyone, but I can only find info on introducing pullets to hens. Any advice for introducing these young girls to each other?
 

csmallwood

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Jun 16, 2017
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I am in the same boat. I have two we raised from chicks and we just bought two of roughly the same age from another farm.
So they should be separated for a bit in a "seen but not touched" type method? Is a week long enough for this?
I have a chicken tractor with a run, but I wouldn't consider it large. I was planning on using a cage next to the tractor, but that would mean the new ones wouldn't have anywhere to roost at night. Seeing where they came from, it breaks my heart to leave them like that. The new ones are super sweet. (Much nicer than ours, actually. I think I probably should've picked them up more or something.)
 

Poultry parent

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Jun 1, 2016
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See but don't touch is a good method. A week usually isn't quite long enough, there isn't really s set amount of time.

Around 2 weeks of see but don't touch I usually introduce them and see how it goes, if they still havdon't issues then I separate them and try again the next week
 

MAchicken105

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Apr 2, 2017
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I've introduced several small groups without any problems. A group of 3 4 week olds with a group of 5 7 week olds, then a group of 8 week olds with a group of 11 week olds. Kept them separated in the run with a fence between them for 2 days then took down the fence. There was initial pecking but nothing serious. All are fine together now with no issue.

I should mention that they did all sleep in the coop together and I have a very large run so there was plenty of space for them to move about and escape the older chicks if necessary. Also, when I did take the separation fence down I sat in the run and monitored them for about the first 30 mins each day and I only let them be tougher for a few hours before bed time for the first week. I have had zero issues.

I'm also far from a chicken expert.

I have 2 bantams, 6 Ameraucanas and a Brahma.
 

MAchicken105

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I should also add that i didn't quarantine the new chicks for 30 days due to the fact I purchased all my chicks from the same breeder 15 mins down the road.

If I hadn't I would have definitely quarantined them before introducing them to the established flock.
 

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