introducing younger pullets to older pullets

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by LSfarm, Feb 27, 2008.

  1. LSfarm

    LSfarm Hatching

    Feb 27, 2008
    I have some chicks on order from our local farm/feed store. They will not arrive unti the first week of April. The store will have some chicks in earlier on a first come first serve basis in Mid-March. If I get chicks at different times, I know I have to separate them since they will have different temperature needs. Will there be a problem introducing the younger pullets (at 6 weeks old) to the ones that will be three weeks older and already in the coop? Should I be patient and just wait and get them all at one time instead? This is our second time around raising chickens. We did it four years ago and enjoyed it so we decided to start again. The older chicks would be Buff Orpingtons and Auraucans and the younger ones would be White Rocks and Black Austraslorps.
  2. horsejody

    horsejody Squeaky Wheel

    Feb 11, 2008
    Waterloo, Nebraska
    I would at least make sure that have all grown to the same size before introducing them.
  3. paynemom

    paynemom In the Brooder

    Jan 29, 2008
    Robinson, TX
    Not saying it is normal, but I introduced my week olds to my 6 week Buff Orps and they were just fine. I keep the younger chicks outside just during the day cause it's so warm, and inside at night. Even unsupervised, they just leave each other alone. But Buff Orps are really docile birds. I say, see how things go and be there to separate them if necessary. Good luck!
  4. Scrambled Egg

    Scrambled Egg Flock Mistress

    Aug 29, 2007
    Fayetteville, NC
    My Barred Rocks are about 2 months older than My Rhode Island Reds and I kept them separated but together if that makes sense. I had plastic chicken wire dividing my coop until they got to the same size and they are fine together. See how yours do and then you'll know if you need to make some kind of divide or not. Good luck [​IMG]

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