What Age Do You Incorporate New Chicks Into The Flock?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by france, May 29, 2010.

  1. france

    france Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 2, 2009
    North East
    My chicks are in the coop but inside a metal dog crate. So together with the flock but
    apart. What is a good age to let them all be together?
  2. france

    france Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 2, 2009
    North East
    Anyone???? Do I wait until they are 5 months old? 4 months? 6 months?
  3. Mother of All

    Mother of All Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 3, 2010
    I have 13 hens that at about 8 weeks old I moved them out side where the older ones could be around them but not with them. About 12 weeks old I like them free range with the others and that was 1 week ago. all's doing great.
  4. Eliza

    Eliza Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 16, 2008
    Lisbon, CT
    I had only one survivor of the LG bator.... that's another story! The lone survivor is 1 month old last Friday - so what's the time frame to introduce. Right now it's living under the sleeping tray which forms a kinda long box with an open front which I have screened in the front. The others can see in but they can't touch! Leaving chickie in there until she's 12 weeks old seems kinda long time.....
  5. underground chickenman

    underground chickenman Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 30, 2009
    Orlando, Florida
    I recently put my eight 10-week old pullets in the coop with six full grown hens (over a year old). At first the old ones would keep the young ones away from the food and water so I would have to go out there a few times a day to shoo the older ones out of the way so the younger ones could tank up on food and water, but after less than a week, they had it all pretty well sorted out. They now all roost together and eat and drink together. No problems.

  6. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD Premium Member

    I brood mine outside and let them roam at about 4 weeks or so. Sometimes I tractor them for 2 months. But I don't force them to sleep with the big girls till about 4 months old despite ranging together for a few months by then. If it is just one, wait till they are about the same size, or the big ones can really do some damage to the young one with picking and their panicking to get away. Of course, if you don't have multiple tractors and just a few birds, you can pop them together earlier and probably get away with it. 20+ adults vs 1 baby usually doesn't turn out well.
  7. Vermontmaple

    Vermontmaple Out Of The Brooder

    Aug 2, 2009
    Beautiful Vermont
    I'm having the same problem/issue. Today we "won" 5, 2 week old chicks. I really don't have anything to put them into. I have them in the coop right now but wondered how they would do with my 10 month old hens................any thoughts?

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