new babies?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by nhchickmom, Dec 1, 2008.

  1. nhchickmom

    nhchickmom Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 6, 2008
    Thornton, NH
    We have two RI Reds that tend to be aggressive towards new birds. We are thinking of adding two 9 week old sex-links to their coop. Is this a bad idea? I am wondering if they are to young.......?[​IMG]
  2. chicken+quail=luv

    chicken+quail=luv Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 18, 2008
    Strawberry fields.
    what i would do is put them in and see what happens. the RIRs are probably being aggressive to show they are the alpha. they may start being aggressive to show this, but you may not want to take them out unless they get REALLY aggressive, because it has to happen sooner or later. when we got our newest chicken, my other chicken was pecking and chasing her, but now they are best buds. [​IMG]
    hope i helped! (i have a sexlink. aren't they the cutest and nicest? [​IMG])
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  3. jossanne

    jossanne Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 11, 2008
    Gila, New Mexico
    Put them in a cage inside the coop, so they can get used to each other through the wire for a while. A couple of weeks, and then let them out for a little while and see how they do together.

    My hatchery RIR's were bullies to everyone, and picked out everyone's tails before they were even 16 weeks old. They found a new home. Hope yours are nicer.
  4. smith2

    smith2 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 5, 2008
    Paris, TN
    Ditto, Jossanne. I had the same experience with RIR. I also put new birds in an inside cage before I let them mix for real.
    Last edited: Dec 1, 2008
  5. nhchickmom

    nhchickmom Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 6, 2008
    Thornton, NH
    Thanks for the help. In general how do you suggest introducing the new chickens. We can also introduce one year olds to the current girls. I have read that putting them in at night helps. We do not have the ability to have two separate coops. Should we just put them in at night when it is dark and let them work it out or keep them in their cage for a day or two? Any suggestions? Also it is winter here so they are all stuck in the coop together.

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