Mixing New Birds

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by meowteri2, Jun 17, 2011.

  1. meowteri2

    meowteri2 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have 3 adult hens in the coop now and two 12 week old australorps in a 4x3 brooder. I put a addition on the coop and will move the 2 australorps at some point
    into the addition. I will keep them seperated but seen by the adults for a break in period. Then remove the screen divider and let them mix.
    I found out the feed store has 2 australorps left over and are 12 weeks old. I wanted to get them.
    Should I put them in the brooder with the ones I have or just put all four in the divided addition. Whats the best way to integrate them?
    Do they fight at 12 weeks old ?
     
  2. Judy

    Judy Moderator Staff Member

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    Yes, the two groups of 12 week olds will probably fight. Usually you can mix the ages however you want up to about 4 weeks. How badly they will fight, though, you'll only learn by trying. Personally, I'd have another pen set up ready to receive them if I got them. At least at 12 weeks you don't have long til their sizes will be much the same and you can (hopefully) just let them work it out.
     

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