New Chicks with older hens?

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

  1. YYZ

    YYZ Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 16, 2010
    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.
  2. chicamama03

    chicamama03 Out Of The Brooder

    Jan 29, 2011
    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

    Jan 21, 2011
    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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