Mixing New Birds

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

  1. meowteri2

    meowteri2 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 4, 2010
    chicago sw suburbs
    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 Chicken Obsessed Staff Member Premium Member

    Feb 5, 2009
    South Georgia
    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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