New chicks, when can the others meet them?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by sinistershelly, Sep 8, 2011.

  1. sinistershelly

    sinistershelly In the Brooder

    Jul 17, 2011
    I have 9 BR's, 8 weeks old, 3-4 are roo's. Went to the feed store yesterday and couldn't help myself, I ended up bringing home 6 babies. They are about a week old. Store didn't know the breeds so I got one of each diff looking one. 2 are supposed to be pullets, the rest are straight run. When and how can they start meeting and when and how can they start living together outside? I'm a big chicken noob so I need all the advice I can get, please and thank you.
  2. jennh

    jennh Songster

    Jun 21, 2007
    I wouldn't put them together for awhile yet. When you get closer to doing so, put up a fence between them so they can see each other, and get used to them being around. When you DO put them together, do it at night, and if you have a light in your coop, it would help if you have a red lightbulb for awhile, to minimize picking/chasing 'til they get used to each other, and get their pecking order established.

    BTW, [​IMG] and [​IMG] from SE Pa.

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