New Chicks with older hens?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by YYZ, Mar 28, 2011.

  1. YYZ

    YYZ Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I apologize if this subject has been talked about before, im new on here.

    If i have 2 hens that are almost one year old...can introduce new chicks to them? Will they accept the chicks.? or is better to get hens more their age.
    I lost the rest of my hens when raccoons raid my chicken coop one night. Those pesty critters. So i want more now...i have so fixed my fence where the coons got in.
    just not sure what the best move would be? Any advice would be welcomed.
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  2. chicamama03

    chicamama03 Out Of The Brooder

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    no expert here, but I was told to introduce them when they are about same size. I put a screen up and separated them till they reached about full size. Then, they were fine.
     
  3. Attila the Honey

    Attila the Honey Out Of The Brooder

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    Quote:That is eggsactly (pun intended) what I have done. I am worried about the small chicks, since I have seen my hens eat other birds that get caught in the fence (quite gruesome). My RIR's were ~1/2 adult size when I introduced them and they were chased relentlessly, until they grew larger.
     

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