Safe to put these 2 groups together??

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  1. ChickieGirl1979

    ChickieGirl1979 Out Of The Brooder

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    I have a flock of 18 week old chickens and a separate flock of 9 week old chickens. Is it ok to try to integrate these 2 groups yet??
     
  2. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Lots of Chickens Premium Member

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    I would get working on it.
     
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    ChickieGirl1979 Out Of The Brooder

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    So you think it would be fine?
     
  4. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Lots of Chickens Premium Member

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    You will want to supervise for the first few times to see how it goes, there could be trouble or it could go easy. The more room and places to hide and escape will make things easier. Be ready to separate if things get rough, than try again the next day until everyone mostly ignores each other and there isn't excessive pecking. Having things the young chicks can slip under or through that the bigger ones can't, can give the younger ones a place to be safe.
     
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    ChickieGirl1979 Out Of The Brooder

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    There is 1 coop. The run is 100 sq ft. We do not do free range as we are a suburban coop. There will be 12 chickens, some bantams.
     
  7. Mrs. K

    Mrs. K Overrun With Chickens

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    What are your numbers, and who's coop are you moving which group too?

    I always try and think of integration as a plus and minus game. Home front - plus, moving into a new set up minus, larger numbers in the flock +, smaller flock -, older birds +, younger birds -,
    bigger birds +, smaller birds -.

    Have hide outs, a one way gate for smaller birds, multiple water and feed spots.

    Mrs K
     
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    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    Feet by feet?...and pics?
     

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