Moving different breeds outside?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by juliet carter, May 29, 2017.

  1. juliet carter

    juliet carter New Egg

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    So I have a question about moving our pullets outside to join our established flock. A bit of background- We have four hens that are a year old in a small coop outside. We have seven pullets all different breeds in a brooder in our dining room. The pullets range in age from 5 weeks to almost 6 weeks. Most of the pullets seem fully feathered and ready to go outside but we have two bantams a Polish and a Silkie that don't seem ready. Should I introduce the four biggest pullets to our big girls and then introduce the bantams in a few weeks? Or should we wait and bring everyone outside at the same time? We will also be moving all of the chickens into a bigger coop. Does it make sense to move the pullets into the new coop before the older birds? Thanks for any insight you can give me.
     
  2. Mrs. K

    Mrs. K Overrun With Chickens

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    The more chicks introduced at one time, the less any single chick will get pecked on. Pecking takes energy, and it spreads the pecking out over more. Personally, I had mine out at 3 weeks. I would think at 5 weeks this time of year, they would be more than ready.

    Do have hide outs, safe zones and multiple feeders. Mrs K
     

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