New chicks and new chicks?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by jenxsawyer, Jul 14, 2016.

  1. jenxsawyer

    jenxsawyer Just Hatched

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    I have 4 chicks that were born 6.21 so they are not even 4 weeks old yet. I wanted to grab 2 more from the same batch of 4 week old's are the hatchery and was wondering how that would work with integration. Would there be any issues at all? Also I was thinking about getting a 10 week old austrolorp and adding her in with the littles but was wondering if either or both of those would be an issue and what I should do
     
  2. penny1960

    penny1960 la la land awaits Premium Member

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    Glad you stopped by and first let me say [​IMG] you will be able to find
    many to help. First let me say it is never advised to add just 1 chick at any time
    always add by at least two. the other two would be able to go well see if you might
    be able to acquire 2 austrolorp's pullets ?
     
  3. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

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    At only 4 weeks they're not very invested in a social structure yet. I'd go ahead and add the same age birds at night and just let them do their thing. If you have enough space, things will be fine. There may be some squabbling, but it shouldn't be any big deal.

    Once you have them all together, you could try putting the Aussie in. Since she's older, being a single bird shouldn't be an issue. And since she's a single bird, she shouldn't be too bossy to the littles. Again, plenty of space is the key to everyone being happy.
     
  4. jenxsawyer

    jenxsawyer Just Hatched

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    I have a coop that claims to hold 12....which means I feel it would safely hold 8. lol But I also have a huge backyard they will free range in when they are bigger and I am not concerned about hawks. In the meantime I have a jumbo enclosure they walk around in and they free range when one of the kids or myself is outside to monitor which is often..so i THINK space wont be an issue.. :)

    So now I have until this weekend to talk my husband into it lol
     
  5. Mrs. K

    Mrs. K Overrun With Chickens

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    Beware of thinking that free ranging will compensate for too small of a coop. Measure the coop, don't guess.

    In the summer you can cheat a bit, because the days are longer than the night, and if some birds don't go into the coop, but stay out in the run, it is ok due to pleasant weather.

    However, winter is coming. Winter nights are much longer than the day. My own hens start roosting about 4:15 pm, and are not coming off the roost until 7:30 am. by late November. That is a lot of hours confined very close together due to a too small coop, the weather and the long night.

    Then you will get ugly chicken behavior, very ugly behavior.

    So you can cheat in the summer, but come fall, you have to cull to fit your coop. Too often, and most of us have been guilty of forgetting there is two sides to chicken math, adding and SUBTRACTING.

    Mrs K
     
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  6. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    My Coop

    Yes, measure the coop (pics would help here too), don't guess.... especially don't guess based on the manufacturers population claims.

    IME 3-4 week olds can have enough social structure and territoriality to cause problems adding birds.
     
  7. jenxsawyer

    jenxsawyer Just Hatched

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    OK I will measure and you ladies tell me since you are very educated in all this <3 <3 So question...do I just measure the amount of inches long it is and wide it is and tall it is? Do i include the hatch box area?

    Thanks !

    BTW I think I decided to hold off on adding any until next Spring when I can add four more and have four big and four little and I am sure that will be a whole nother subject for me to research at that time lol
     

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