joining two groups of young chicks into one

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Transit456, Oct 22, 2011.

  1. Transit456

    Transit456 New Egg

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    I have two groups of young chicks the same age with two different hens. One hen has 5 chicks the other 9. Can i return one hen back to the main chicken house and leave all the chicks with the other hen.
     
  2. Cloverleaf Farm

    Cloverleaf Farm Bearded Birds are Best

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    Probably not - she likely will only mother her own chicks, or may take a few of the other hen's chicks and reject the rest. Best to leave both hens, unless one is doing all the mothering of both groups...


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  3. kari_dawn

    kari_dawn Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I wouldn't re-integrate her alone...I would re-introduce her in a small group just because it seems to be easier on them. How many do you have in the original group? How old are the chicks?
     
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  4. Judy

    Judy Moderator Staff Member

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    You may be able to put them all together. The mamas should protect and care for their chicks. Things can go wrong, though; there's really no way to know for sure without trying it.
     
  5. SteveBaz

    SteveBaz Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Welcome to the BYC [​IMG]

    Is that 1 not fully feathered or has issues? Holly smokes you are expecting a lot. You should explain why I am asking is it may help me give an answer?
     

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