Questions about integrating my 5 hens with the new 16 pullets...

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Kelly G, Feb 15, 2009.

  1. Kelly G

    Kelly G It's like herding cats!

    My order from Ideal (see list in my signature below) should be here on Thursday or Friday and my brooders are set up & ready to go! I know that it will be a few months before I can integrate my 5 existing hens into the 16 new pullets, but at what age should I do the integration?

    My new chicks will be raised in the new, bigger coop...and when they are big enought, I will move the hens I have now in with the pullets...that way the young pullets will have the "home field" advantage...I just don't know when the best time is to make that move.


  2. claud

    claud Songster

    Dec 12, 2007
    I had a similar situation but I had two old hens and moved 10 young pullets in with them. They did fine - the older hens were the "bosses" but didn't pick on the younger ones.
    I moved them at maybe 4 months old - can't remember exactly.
  3. Mrs MIA

    Mrs MIA Chick Magnet

    Mar 3, 2008
    I would say when they're old/big enough to fend for themselves. If you put that many new birds in with the existing flock, there probably won't be a lot of pecking and fighting. I would do it at night when the birds are asleep... they'll wake up to new neighbors and probably won't think anything of it. [​IMG]
  4. Hangin Wit My Peeps

    Hangin Wit My Peeps

    Apr 20, 2008
    Birnamwood, Wisconsin
    IMO they should be about the same size or they will be bullied a lot. But it's good that there is a bunch of them rather then just 2 or 3 [​IMG] They will have their group to hang out with. Watch them close for a while after adding and before adding be sure that they can all see each other through some sort of blockade (I used a cage with hardware cloth for walls) for the first two weeks. Good luck!

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