Moving younger chicks outside

Discussion in 'Guinea Fowl' started by twitchratchicks, Jun 21, 2009.

  1. twitchratchicks

    twitchratchicks In the Brooder

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    I have 3 10 week old guineas and 2 8 week old chickens (1 hen, 1 rooster) that are free range on about 2 1/2 acres. I also have 10 chicks (8 quineas, 2 chickens) in the brooder. I will be keeping one or both chickens (if they are hens) and 3-4 of the guineas. My question is, do I need to do anything special to introduce the two groups when they move outside?

    I was planning to move them to an outside cage for a couple weeks and then just let them out a couple at a time. Will they join up with the older ones?
     
  2. swampducks

    swampducks Overrun With Guineas

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    If the cage is accessible to the older ones so they can get used to each other for a couple weeks they you ought to be able to integrate them fairly successfully. I've been doing it that way and so far mine have integrated well. As long as they're close to the same size.

    This morning we just mixed 16 1 week old guineas with 9 1 week old chicks which at this point are slightly larger than the keets and other than a little bossing around everyone is getting along fine.
     

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