puting young pullets in with older birds

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by kens147, May 15, 2010.

  1. kens147

    kens147 Chirping

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    i have 8 hens and 1 rooster that a less than a year old the hens are laying. i have 15 pullets that are 12weeks old. when the best time to put them together
     
  2. Matoe

    Matoe In the Brooder

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    Same thing I put my 34 /8 week olds in with my year olds durning the day so they did not know what coop to go to but after 2 nights of scoping them up and putting them in the coop On day 3 they were all going into there new big coop. not to much fighting going on at all:lol:
     
  3. NellaBean

    NellaBean Graceland Farms

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    How big of a space are they going into? I just put 20 approximately 8-10 week olds (mostly pullets, a few cockerels) in with my big flock....big flock consists of approximately 20-30 chickens/roosters.....had no major problems, but they spend all day in a half acre yard so plenty of space to get away from each other, and had spent two weeks "seeing each other" through the fence.

    If you have a big enough space, I would go ahead and mix them. You have more "kids" than "adults" so the picking and pecking will be well spread out.
     
  4. drunkdog

    drunkdog Songster

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    so if one of your hens broods the eggs till hatching do you then remove them to a brooder box then re engage them into the flock or simply let them stay in the flock from day one?
     
  5. kens147

    kens147 Chirping

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    i have a lot of room right now i have fence up letting them see each other
     
  6. hearthnsoul

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    ours are a couple of weeks old,..I lose track, maybe 5 or 6 weeks. Anyhow Mom decided yesterday she has no use for them, she went back with the other chickens. So they spent the night in the brooder. Today my husband built a lower perch for them in with the hens and I went and checked on them a half an hour ago,..3 were on the lower perch hubby built , 1 was on the low hen jump up and one more a perch higher and the last was up there sitting with my crazy red hens. I will go out early in the morning the keep bored hens from messing with them, but I felt like if the mom left them best time to move them on from the brooder to the hen house was now. If all is well I will let you know,..but I am not too worried, my husband has really shown me how nuerotic I am, I worry about things that are a waste of time,..if things work great, if not go back a step. So tommorow we see if it works,..if not brooder back to the goat house.
     
  7. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast Premium Member

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    My young ones have to be at least 16 weeks old before I introduce them to the big girls... and I usually wait until they are 20 weeks. I always put them in at night.
     
  8. kens147

    kens147 Chirping

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    thanks for the help
     

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