Questions about integration

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by americanshorty26, Sep 21, 2008.

  1. americanshorty26

    americanshorty26 Out Of The Brooder

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    I need advice/ info on how to put together two different sets of chickens.

    I have 5, 7 week old chickens and I want to buy 3, 12 week old chickens.

    Is this impossible?
    Can it be done?
    How do I do it?

    I really need help on this one I have to know by the end of today.

    Thanks Thanks Thanks

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  2. BeckyLa

    BeckyLa Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 11, 2007
    N. Louisiana
    What I would do would be to pen them next to each other so they can see and be around each other without intermingling. Then, after a few weeks or a month, I'd just put them in together and walk away. Realize that there will be pecking order fighting for a while, which is normal, and that the older will take dominance, for the most part, over the younger. But I would also keep a close eye out for blood. If someone gets pecked enough to draw blood, then the others will peck it to death.
     
  3. Farmer Kitty

    Farmer Kitty Flock Mistress

    Sep 18, 2007
    Wisconsin
    QUARENTINE the new ones for a minimum of 30 days first. If you don't and they are sick you will be exposing your current chicks to it too. Then you will be treating/loosing them as well.

    As for integrating them. I wouldn't until the younger ones are 12 weeks or so. At this point that would be to big of an age gap.
     
  4. MissPrissy

    MissPrissy Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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  5. americanshorty26

    americanshorty26 Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks.

    After reading the comments and that info page I have decided not to buy new chickens. I am a first time chicken owner and trying to do that would be out of my league especially with school and work.
     

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