Is this a good idea?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by kelidei, Nov 12, 2009.

  1. kelidei

    kelidei ~*Dances with chickens*~

    Mar 18, 2009
    Northern Illinois
    My chicks are almost 12 weeks old. I was considering taking my 8 month old Buff Orpington and Black Australorp and moving them in a month or so to the coop with the chicks--- is this wise? The two coops and pens are next to each other... So I don't know if it would be really distressing to the two big girls to be so close to the old flock [​IMG].
  2. Cuban Longtails

    Cuban Longtails Flock Mistress

    Sep 20, 2007
    Northeast Texas
    Not really. You take the chance that your older pullets could possibly kill your younger ones.
  3. Kittymomma

    Kittymomma Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 9, 2009
    Olympia, WA
    How many chicks do you have? It's usually a good idea to wait until the chicks are nearly full sized before introducing them to the big girls, but you can probably cheat a little bit if you only have two grown hens and the chicks outnumber them. You'll still have to keep a close eye on them though.
  4. rhoda_bruce

    rhoda_bruce Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 19, 2009
    Cut Off, LA
    Well....I would be willing to chance it. Look....First of all we are talking about 2 hens....not roos....and 2 hens from some very calm breeds, known to be great moms. Now we are also talking about multiple chicks that are 12 weeks old...the age many are for slaughtering age. There is safety in #s. And then you can do a Rhoda job.....Introduce them, with you in the coop, sitting on a plastic lawn chair, chilling out, so you can babysit. They have to get used to each other eventually.
  5. PortageGirl

    PortageGirl Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 8, 2008
    Portage County, Ohio
    I would put them side by side for a while at least so they can get used to the sight and sound of each other. 12 weeks is pretty well feathered out and they should be able to out-dodge the bigger girls but I wouldn't just dump them together.

    I keep mine in seperate pens where they can hear and see each other and go beak to beak for at least a few weeks, then open the two pens so they can mingle, though each stayed in their own sections for a couple days with the youngsters making only brief forays into the big girls area before they dodged back to where they felt safe... they slept on their old roosts too. Then, I snuck them onto the roost with the big girls one night, and let them all wake up together, and blocked them from their old pen.

    The older girls wake up a little huffy, but don't usually get nasty.
  6. kelidei

    kelidei ~*Dances with chickens*~

    Mar 18, 2009
    Northern Illinois
    Thanks for your thoughts everyone! I plan on waiting a while longer before attempting the switch. You have all given me good stuff to think about [​IMG]

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