my babies are already 7 weeks old...move them to pen?!

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by tarheel4lif3, Apr 6, 2008.

  1. tarheel4lif3

    tarheel4lif3 In the Brooder

    Oct 4, 2007
    I have an assortment of chickens that I ordered from a hatchery, they are 7 weeks old aready. I have them in a pen outside that I have a light inside but they are starting to get pretty big. Is it ok if I move them to the chicken pen that I have 5 adult hens and a rooster in? or is that risky of older hens hurting them?!
  2. wefanjr

    wefanjr In the Brooder

    Jul 13, 2007
    Rule of thumb is to wait til they are all the same size. So they can fend for themselves. I put a cage in my coup for 2 pullets that were only 4 weeks younger than my other 6 pullets. i figured they would get aquainted. The 2 younger ones are bigger than the rest and still get picked on. The bigger ones will peck at the smaller ones to keep the pecking order.

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