In the Brooder
- May 21, 2021
I have a small flock of six-month old hens (3 Australorps and 2 Rhode Island Reds) I will call Flock A. I have a second flock of fourteen 8-week old chicks (Flock B), consisting of 7 bantams and 7 normal-size chicks, various breeds. I plan to integrate the 7 normal-size chicks in with Flock A and so today, I moved them from their brooder to a coop and run beside Flock A's coop and run so they can begin to "see and not touch" to get used to each other. My question is: Will it traumatize the Flock B chicks to be separated permanently? I plan to keep the bantams in their own separate coop and run, but all fourteen baby chicks have been in the same brooder since they were one day old. I would appreciate any insight because I don't want to do anything to upset or traumatize the chicks. They have all been very happy, healthy, spoiled chicks.