Putting 8 week old chickens with older flock of chickens

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Mattsiewrt94, Feb 3, 2014.

  1. Mattsiewrt94

    Mattsiewrt94 Chirping

    Nov 5, 2013
    This is my current flock and I'm getting chickens that are about 8 weeks old amercauna I've always wanted one of them before lol and I got 2 roosters so I do need to get more anyway haha but could it be done I don't want to get them and they die I know that happens because it has happened even when I got older chickens but are they to young to introduce to my chicken flock??
  2. boskelli1571

    boskelli1571 Crowing

    Mar 7, 2011
    Finger Lakes, NY
    Hi there,
    Personally, I would not introduce hens any younger than 12 weeks to older birds. Even then, I would put them in a cage/compound of some sort so that they can all eyeball each other for at least a week. Good luck with it, Sue
  3. Mrs. K

    Mrs. K Crowing

    Nov 12, 2009
    western South Dakota
    too young
  4. ChickensAreSweet

    ChickensAreSweet Heavenly Grains for Hens

    Ideal time to integrate is 16 weeks. If you go younger than that take precautions.

    I think 8 weeks is too young. They just don't stand up for themselves and are at risk for death.
  5. Fred's Hens

    Fred's Hens Crowing Premium Member

  6. davemonkey

    davemonkey Songster

    Nov 25, 2012
    Liberty, TX
    I introduced 8 week-olds to my flock at the beginning of last year and it was good. Later in the year I hatched out chicks and I introduced them as well at 6 weeks old.

    At 6-8 weeks, they are big enough not to be killed when your hens peck at them (and they WILL peck at them to establish order), but also small enough where they do not try to fight back (which would result in injuries to them). In my opinion, 6-8 weeks is the PERFECT window to introduce chicks to an existing flock.

    ETA: I also only coop up at night, so in the day they have more than a quarter-acre to run around on. There is always ample space so there is very little, if any, fighting over stuff. If your birds are cooped up most of the time or are in a small yard area, then you might be inviting disaster.
    Last edited: Feb 3, 2014
  7. Mattsiewrt94

    Mattsiewrt94 Chirping

    Nov 5, 2013
    Well I was gonna keep them in the coop for a week my flock free ranges all day long so if they feel overwhelmed they can escape anywhere awe have all fields arounds us and our big yard lol
  8. ChickensAreSweet

    ChickensAreSweet Heavenly Grains for Hens

    You can put them in the coop with the others safely by putting them inside a dog crate/carrier at night so they don't get pecked. This way you don't have to have a separate coop for them. During the day I recommend you keep them in a separate fenced in area with shelter from elements and food/water. :)

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