Rescue chicks Big Cx and little chicks adding to flock

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by yolkoroo, May 26, 2011.

  1. yolkoroo

    yolkoroo Out Of The Brooder

    May 4, 2011
    I have a HUGE Cornish Cross (Cx) with two smaller chicks (Black Marans and Black Silkie)- all 4-5 week old-that were dropped off with me after someone's ill-thought out trip to a local farm/feed store (I imagine). I have 3 hens in a large coop (1 Speckled Sussexx and 2 Deleware) and really need to get the chicks out.

    My FIRST question, the Cx is SOOO big and the other two so small- Should I integrate the Cx first and wait to add the small ones (giving them more time to grow) or get them all out and acquainted at once.

    My SECOND question: I have always read to put the chickens out to roost with the others after all have gone to bed and things will go fine the next morning. Anything I should be aware of when I add the smaller ones to the flock? Of course I am particularly interested in protecting the Silkie (don't know yet if hen or Roo).

    Thank you...I have to get this huge Cornish out of the house!
    Last edited: May 26, 2011

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