putting chicks of different ages together?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by miabyrer, Apr 16, 2011.

  1. miabyrer

    miabyrer Out Of The Brooder

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    I have six week old pullets about to go outside into their new coop (as soon as I finish building it) I am getting a few more chicks this week. My question is this... once the youngest are 6 weeks old we will move them outside as well. Are there any special considerations I need to take into account when adding the 6 week old chicks in with the 12 week old chicks? I don't want the little ones picked on.
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  2. miraclz5

    miraclz5 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I am not an expert but from all the reading that I have done and questions I have asked of seasoned vetrans, my suggestion by the time they are 6 and 12 weeks old they should do fine.....the sounding suggestion I have heard about putting older birds together is to introduce the new birds to the flock at night in the dark! Good Luck!
     
  3. CMV

    CMV Flock Mistress

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    I would not put them together until the youngest birds are 12-14 weeks old. At 14 weeks they are all going to be about the same size, and size does matter in the chicken world. You put your youngsters in at 6 weeks and they are going to get beaten up because they will be too small. I start integrations at 12 weeks, but don't actually let the birds physically mingle until 2 weeks later. That 2 weeks is dedicated to them all getting used to the sight and presence of each other without actually being able to touch each other.

    Here's a great link on integration. I recommend everyone read it because it is so educational and informative.

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/web/viewblog.php?id=2593-adding-to-your-flock

    I hope this helps. Good luck.
     
  4. gryeyes

    gryeyes Covered in Pet Hair & Feathers

    Quote:What CMV said. It's what I do, too.
     

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