what age for them is good....

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Justino, Apr 12, 2008.

  1. Justino

    Justino ♪♫ Rockin' Rooster ♪♫

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    what age can i introduce lil silkies to full grown hens? im afraid they will pick on em because they so small.....so yeah.....what age is good to do this?
     
  2. Nuggetsowner:)

    Nuggetsowner:) Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I really do not know a specific age but... one thing I did when I introduced a new chicken was to put it in a prtable dog kennel. (a larger one thet was all metal so the chick could be easily seen) thenk I started putting it next to the run first, then in the run. It seemed to get them used to the new chicken and I think it made the transition easier. I started next to the coop for a couple of hours then inside for a couple of hours then inside all day. I hope this helps. Its just an idea that worked for me.
     
  3. Justino

    Justino ♪♫ Rockin' Rooster ♪♫

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    well theyre outside in the coop with the big hens but are seprated by wire so they cn see each other....anyone else?
     
  4. opihiman911

    opihiman911 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You have them in thier own cage inside the coop. After about a week or two of that I crack open the cage door and put a brick in the door and bunge cord the door so it wont swing open. The crack is big enough for the little ones to go out on their own and run back inside if they are getting picked on and to eat their own food and water.
    My youngest got put in the juvie cage inside the coop at 8 weeks, opened the door a crack at 10 weeks and they are now hanging and sleeping with the big girls at 12 weeks old. I kept their cage in there for a while, but they didn't get picked on and didn't go into the cage so it got removed.
    Another thing you can do is put a sheet of plywood up on some hollow tile bricks so it is 6-8" off the ground. The little ones can run under it and hide if they are getting picked on but the big ones can't follow and continue tormenting them....atleast untill the poke their head out for fresh again again. I had one hen that would sit on top the board and just wait for one to try and come out. She was a mean grumpy old girl who didn't like anyone or anything. In her 3 or 4 years in my coop I don't think I ever carried her or had her eat out of my hand...glad she is history.
    Good luck, they will sort it out.

    Cory
     
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