old hen new chicks

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by gram28, Sep 27, 2011.

  1. gram28

    gram28 Out Of The Brooder

    Jun 10, 2009
    Hudson WI
    If I have one hen left from an older flock will she accept new chicks if I get them or must she be kept from them. She is still laying 3 or 4 eggs a week so not ready to consign her to the soup pot yet. She was the head honcho pf the old flock.
  2. navasima

    navasima Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 6, 2011
    New Mexico
    Everything I've read here says that you'll need to keep them seperate, but close enough to see & hear each other for a bit first. Times seem to vary, but I'd say average advised is about a month. Most often, people have written that they need to be close to the same size to avoid having the little ones get seriously injured. Methods include a small coop in the large/coop run and side by side coops/runs. If you do a search for integrating or integration (some such) there are a whole bunch of threads which address this.

    Hope this helps.....

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