Lonely flock

jackandkaren

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Apr 15, 2016
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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.
 

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Flockwit
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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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