Needing advice

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by johncv, Apr 6, 2012.

  1. johncv

    johncv Out Of The Brooder

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    What is the best way to intruduce a new chicken/ chick to the coop to minimize fighting. And how on earth do you introduce a new roo to a current roo? they always get vicious. please help.
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    more info: we are trying to introduce a silky to an americana who is much much larger, so no i dont really want them to duke it out, since the silky will prob end up hurt. any way to advoid this?
     
  3. Happy Chooks

    Happy Chooks Moderator Staff Member

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    The key to integrating chicks at that age is to have lots of space so the little ones can get away. The more chicks the better, makes it harder for the hens to fixate on one chick. I currently have 11 9 week old chicks fully integrated with 11 hens and a rooster.

    I started with locking them in my broody area of my coop for about 10 days so they could interact with the flock but not get hurt. Then I wedged the door so the babies could come in and out, but the hens cannot get in. They only used this for a few days, and when I noticed it wasn't being used, I removed the door. After about a week of staying in the coop all day, they are now venturing out into the run. (coop is 8X12 and the run is 30 ft X 50 ft) They still get chased if they get too close to a couple of hens, but most of them ignore them. My rooster is very protective of them and comes running if he hears them cheeping.
     
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    my problem is no the hens or rooster. its my other babies tha are in the coop. i have 6 2-3 month old chicks in the coop with everyone. im trying to intergrae my 1 month old chicks in with them. i have the young ones in a cage that sits inside the coop noone pays any attention then when i open the door the older chicks come running to get inside the cage.
     
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    Happy Chooks Moderator Staff Member

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    At those ages, you shouldn't have any problem just putting them together. It is harder when they get older, so just stick them together now.
     

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