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Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by jackandkaren, Jun 17, 2017.

  1. jackandkaren

    jackandkaren Out Of The Brooder

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    I had just 4 Barred Rocks but unfortunately lost two of them quite suddenly. Both to injury not illness. I immediately went out and got 3 more Barred Rock chicks which are now right at 5 weeks old. My two older girls seem quite out of sorts. Is it too soon to introduce my little ones. I really think the older hens are upset that it is just the two of them. They are both very easy going birds.
     
  2. chickengeorgeto

    chickengeorgeto Overrun With Chickens

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    Your two older chicks may totally change once you introduce them to the younger birds. There is a difference between being "EASY GOING" chickens and chickens having a lack of targets.

    Combine both groups and keep your eyes on them.
     
  3. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Monkey Business Premium Member

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    Personally, I'd leave integration until the chicks are 8 weeks old, or so. They have to be able to withstand a peck from an adult without injury. Here's a couple of links on integration which you may find useful / helpful:
    http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/introducing-new-chickens-using-the-see-but-don-t-touch-method

    http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/1126547/topic-of-the-week-integrating-chicks-into-an-adult-flock

    http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/1069595/introducing-chicks-to-adults#post_16276224
     
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  4. ChickNanny13

    ChickNanny13 Chillin' With My Peeps

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