Putting your Pullets in with adult females When?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by jtotherow, Jun 13, 2008.

  1. jtotherow

    jtotherow Out Of The Brooder

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    I have 24 reds that were born 3/5/08. They are almost the size of my adults and I was wondering when to put them together. My brother said I have to wait until they start laying. My feed guide said 2 week in July. Who is Right?
     
  2. jtotherow

    jtotherow Out Of The Brooder

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    When do you move the younger birds in with the adults?
     
  3. Katy

    Katy Flock Mistress

    I put mine in with the older hens when they're about the same size.
     
  4. jtotherow

    jtotherow Out Of The Brooder

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    Do they have to be laying?
     
  5. Katy

    Katy Flock Mistress

    I don't wait until they're laying. I feed mine Flock Raiser since pullets that aren't laying shouldn't have the amount of calcium that's in layer food. I keep oyster shell out for the ones who are laying to eat as they need it.
     
  6. HorseFeathers

    HorseFeathers Frazzled

    Apr 2, 2008
    Southern Maine
    You might want to put the pullets in a wired-off section of the coop/run for a few weeks before you completely integrate them. Katy (btw, love your new avatar) has a good idea, wait until they're the same size, but if you do the wired-off thing you could probably do it sooner. Good luck with your birds!
     
  7. ruby

    ruby Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I've already put my young girls in with the big girls. They are slightly smaller than the older girls, but a pecking order must be established. I help a little but in the long run it's best to do it now. Do you have a rooster? That would worry me, I don't have any
     
  8. Katy

    Katy Flock Mistress

    Quote:Thanks! You're the first one to notice that I finally changed it...or at least the first to say anything.

    I move mine to an adjoining pen for a couple of weeks so they can see each other before I put them together. There's always a lot of pecking order stuff that goes on anyway tho.
     
  9. Angerbat

    Angerbat New Egg

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    I had chicks 5 roosters and 5 pullets that were born a few weeks before easter and I put them with my other chickens, 6 hens and 1 big rooster as soon as they had their feathers and could keep themselves warm. They have been together for over a month. I didn't have any problems.
     
  10. jtotherow

    jtotherow Out Of The Brooder

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    I have all girls and ladys. They are located side by side and go to the wire and seem to be communicating. Never aggreassive. I just felt like they would be better off with them than in the temporary coop.

    The younger ones are starting to pushing the lower weight hen back from the food. i have two feeders because of this. and two water sources.
     

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