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New chick wants to be part of the flock

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by badgerpendous, Feb 15, 2009.

  1. badgerpendous

    badgerpendous Out Of The Brooder

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    We have two 6-week old Barred Rocks and yesterday we picked up a third, but it's only one week old. We had three BR's but one died. [​IMG]

    We waited a week to be sure the remaining two would be fine and they're doing great. (Thank goodness!)

    We put the new chick in a second cage right up against the first so they could see/get used to each other. The new chick constantly PEEPs very loudly over and over and paces up and down the side of the cage against the other cage.

    http://twitpic.com/1hr54

    The other two birds barely seem interested at all.

    My question(s):

    How do I know if/when I can put them all together?

    Is there anything I can do to calm/reassure/quiet down the lone peep?

    Thanks!!!
     
  2. ibpboo

    ibpboo Where Chickens Ride Horses

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    Try letting them run together under supervision and see what happens. They will peck some, but if it is not too aggressive, should be ok. good luck! [​IMG]
     
  3. wings

    wings Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I didn't know you could put the little guys in with the big ones when he is so young. I'll be curious to see what other people have to say...[​IMG]
     
  4. ArizonaDesertChicks

    ArizonaDesertChicks Eggstactic for Pretty Eggs

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    I'd be pretty nervous about putting a chick that tiny in with the older two. Is there any way you can pick up one more little one - and then in a few weeks, maybe try putting all 4 of them together (with supervision)?
     
  5. badgerpendous

    badgerpendous Out Of The Brooder

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    I'd LOVE to pick up another chick (or two or three or...) but our city only allows 3 hens (no roosters). So, for now I'm stuck with trying to find a way to calm down the little one.

    Thanks!
     
  6. wings

    wings Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Bummer! Well, good luck with whatever you try to do! [​IMG] [​IMG]
     
  7. Momo

    Momo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I think the size difference between your chicks is dangerously high. How about getting another couple of small chicks just for now? You're only allowed 3 hens but generally that rule doesn't apply to chicks. Once they're halfway grown and integrated together, you can keep your 3 favorites and sell the others as pullets.
     
  8. estpr13

    estpr13 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    A brood hen will introduce her chicks to the flock fairly early but she is there to protect them. You should do the same. Put them in together but only while you are there to protect the little one.
    You have taken a good first step by letting them get to know of each other. Go ahead and see how they interact.
     
  9. ArizonaDesertChicks

    ArizonaDesertChicks Eggstactic for Pretty Eggs

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    Quote:Good idea. Pullets are pretty easy to rehome and the older chicks are more likely to accept a group of 2 or 3 than 1 chick by itself. I would still wait till the younger chick/chicks is older before even trying though. It's pretty helpless right now - can't even run away.
     
  10. baldie

    baldie Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 25, 2008
    Douglas, MA
    You could also put a stuffed animal in the cage for it to cuddle with.[​IMG]
     

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