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Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Hajeecar, Jan 18, 2018.

  1. Hajeecar

    Hajeecar In the Brooder

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    I have two hens and they are 2 years old. I was thinking of getting two more chicks in the spring. When the chicks are big is there most likely going to be a problem when I introduce them to the older girls?
     
  2. Frazzemrat1

    Frazzemrat1 Crowing

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    what are your current two? What's the possibility of them going broody? If they do, you can get the chicks at that point and give them to your broody to raise. Then you don't have to worry about integration at all.
     
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  3. BDutch

    BDutch Chirping

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    Introducing new chicks or young pullets give severe/more problems then introducing grown-up chickens. Grown up hens wil argue or fight a bit. Depending on the race/characters.
    Introducing fertile eggs to a broody hen makes her very happy. But consider that you don't know how many newborns will hatch and you get roosters too. With natural breeding you have 'no' risks in introducing a disease in you're healthy flock.
     
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  4. Hajeecar

    Hajeecar In the Brooder

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    Thanks so much!
     
  5. Hajeecar

    Hajeecar In the Brooder

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    Thanks for the info
     
  6. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member 5 Years

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    I've found integrating chicks at about 4-6 weeks the easiest integration,
    BUT,
    you have to have coop and run set up for it to work well.
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/articles/integrating-new-birds-at-4-weeks-old.72603/

    Knowing what your coop and run is like(dimensions and pics) would help us give you more specific advice.
     

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