What if I really needed to introduce the new chicks early?

sashanellie

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Hi everyone,
So basically we have a fine brooder hutch for our 13 babies. They are now 7 weeks old and living outside in the hutch. During the day we open the hutch and put a plastic fencing with pvc frame over them. This is wayyyyyy less than ideal, as it is easily ripped, pushed on, etc., and any predator could just walk over and move it by pushing. We've been risking it.

At night, we've been putting them back into the hutch and carrying it up to the deck.

They are getting too big! The plastic fence is going to fail soon. Should we make them just stay in the hutch when they are dying to play in the grass and dirt?

The two older hens are a cream legbar who is very pecky and a gentle guinea hen. They are free range, and go into a coop with an attached small run at night. The run is closed at night.

How can we smoothly transition them? Thanks so much for your time.
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oldhenlikesdogs

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Mine are 4 weeks and I have recently integrated, it can totally depend on how big of an area and coop you have, the smaller it is the harder the time. I had no issues, I have a 40x40 shed, plenty of room.
 

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