Slowly integrating chicks - Wondering if this will work

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by KristyAz, Mar 14, 2011.

  1. KristyAz

    KristyAz Songster

    Jan 29, 2011
    Mishawaka, Indiana
    I have 4 chicks, 3 are about 5 weeks, one is about 4. I started putting the brooder out in the run for the past couple days. My thinking is that if everyone is used to everyone else, when it comes time to let them out into the flock, the older chickens won't even notice.

    What is everyone's experience with this? Will it work? Here is a picture of them right after the first introduction. The older chickens were curious for about 2 minutes.

  2. BookWorm243

    BookWorm243 Songster

    Oct 13, 2010
    Franklin, NC
    They will still have to work things out when it comes to the water and food area. It should be less stress on everyone tho if they are used to seeing each other, but they will still have to work out the pecking order.

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