Lonely flock

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

  1. jackandkaren

    jackandkaren Chillin' With My Peeps

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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

    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 Flockless 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 True BYC Addict

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