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Optimum age for integrating chicks with adults

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by horsewishr, Apr 21, 2008.

  1. horsewishr

    horsewishr Songster

    Jul 7, 2007
    West Michigan
    My little girls (and boy) are 9 weeks old now. How much longer should I wait before I start letting them mix with the mature hens? They've "seen" each other through chicken wire, and the big girls peck at the little ones through the wire. When should I take down the barrier????? If I keep it up longer, will they get more used to each other, and have less to sort out once they're integrated?
  2. Katy

    Katy Flock Mistress

    I don't like to do it until the younger ones are basically the same size as the adults.
  3. hinkjc

    hinkjc Crowing Premium Member

    Jan 11, 2007
    I usually integrate them around 16-20 weeks. Primarily due to proper nutrition, but also so they are close in size to the adults and can stand their own ground (or get away without getting hurt).


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