In the Brooder
- Jun 28, 2011
I have six 5 week old chicks and they are big enough to be out of the brooder. what is my best bet for where to put them next? thanks for the help!
x2, that is what I did, they were side by side for 3 weeks, then when the chicks were 8 weeks I let them free range "together" the big girls would just go off and the little ones would stay near the coop. I have been doing that for about 2 weeks now and one of the big girls seems to have made it her job to keep the Roos (same age as the younger girls) away from the younger girls, she cashes them off whenever they get to close. Kind of cute. Next week I will merge the two groups into the large coop (little ones will be 11 weeks) and move the younger ones out of the house and put them where the other girls are now and repeat the process aboveUnless the chicks grew up in sight of the hens, I don't know if it would be a good idea to put them together. I have a smaller coop I move them to at around 2 or 3 weeks, outside in full view of the larger hens as they free range. I keep them like that for another few weeks at least, and then let them free range together for as long as possible, weeks to over a month, before putting them together.