Older and younger chicks???

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by jenniebean123, Aug 15, 2013.

  1. jenniebean123

    jenniebean123 Out Of The Brooder

    Aug 7, 2013
    I have two something like 6 week old silkie chicks and im getting some young 2 week black copper maran chicks in guessing i should keep them apart for a while but i dont really know te silkies are my first also anything i should know about black copper marans thats different??
  2. SA Farm

    SA Farm Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 11, 2013
    Ontario, Canada
    As long as they have enough space, you should be able to just put them all together. I have been combining age groups all summer without a problem. It's putting chicks with adults that poses concern in my experience.
  3. jenniebean123

    jenniebean123 Out Of The Brooder

    Aug 7, 2013
    There will only be a 5 week difference at most i just want them to be happy and safe lol
  4. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

    Jun 15, 2012
  5. PatiHF

    PatiHF Just Hatched

    Aug 30, 2016
    Tres Pinos, California
    I have three adult hens and three chicks about 4 months old. What is the best way to combine them?
  6. Teila

    Teila Bambrook Bantams Premium Member

    Howdy PatiHF

    I use the ‘look but not touch’ method of integration using wire or a crate etc so that they can get used to each other without the threat of injury. I keep them separated in this way for at least a week.

    I let the existing flock out for a free range while the newbies are locked in the coop and run. This gives the newbies the opportunity to explore and feel comfortable in what will be their new home without the threat of being picked on and also learn where all the good hiding spots are.

    Same with free range, but reversed; I let the newbies wander around the garden while the existing flock are locked in. Granted, the existing flock have a good whinge about this [​IMG] but again, it gives the newbies chance to explore, get settled and find all the good hiding spots without being picked on.

    I find that free ranging is a good opportunity to let everyone get to know each other .. space is a great tool when integrating.

    There will probably still be bickering while the pecking order reestablishes itself when they are integrated, but it should not be quite as brutal.

    Edited to Add: Also, when they are integrated into the run and coop, for a couple of months I ensure that there is more than once source of water and food, just in case the newbies are being bullied away from either.
    Last edited: Dec 7, 2016

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