Mama and 8 week olds ready to be with flock?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by shellybean40, Nov 5, 2011.

  1. shellybean40

    shellybean40 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Up to now, Mama and chicks have been in a fenced part of the run, so everyone can see one another. The other day a cold front hit and knocked the fence down. One of my Leghorns went after one of the chicks and Mama beat the living stuffing out of her. lol. Today, I let everyone free range together and only a couple of minor spats happened. Can I put them together at this point, or keep supervising them?
     
  2. Fred's Hens

    Fred's Hens Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

    Keep an eye on them. Eight week old chicks are no match for mature hens. If the mother hen or a rooster doesn't step in to protect them, the little take a beating. They get things sorted out after while, but it can be brutal and sometimes, a bully just doesn't let up.
     
  3. shellybean40

    shellybean40 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you, I will watch them tomorrow afternoon. I need to clean up my garden anyway, and it is next to the coop, and run. I am anxious to get everyone together.
     

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