Transitioning to Coop with Other Chickens


In the Brooder
Oct 3, 2017
Hello all!

We got our first chickens last year and they've been outside for about a year now. We are ready to move 3 of our new chicks outside, but we aren't sure how to do it, especially since our seasoned chicks also just got a new coop (a plastic shed we turned into a coop). The first night was stressful on the chickens in the new coop, but the chicks are way too big to be in the house anymore, especially with 2 toddlers and 3 big dogs, so they need to start going outside.

I was wondering if we put the old smaller coop out in the run and move the chicks to it, preventing them from entering the run for a few days or a week, if this would work for them all? Does anyone have ideas?
Rather than go into long detail on how to safely integrate baby chicks, why don't you read my article.

It explains some of the psychology involved when baby chicks face the prospect of mingling with adult chickens. It will give you tips on how to keep the chicks safe and how chicks progress psychologically as they become members of the flock.

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