when and how to introduce baby chickens

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by art4cheri, Feb 25, 2015.

  1. art4cheri

    art4cheri Out Of The Brooder

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    I have 13 hens. They are about 7 months old. I am thinking of getting a few baby chicks. At what age can they be introduced to the flock? By the way I also have one roo.
     
  2. familyfarm1

    familyfarm1 Overrun With Chickens

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    I introduce my chicks when they are older then a month or fully feathered.
     
  3. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 True BYC Addict Premium Member

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    Hello :frow and Welcome To BYC! It is best to wait until the chickens are about the same size, and then a long period of seeing but no touching through wire seem to work best, ie dividing the coop into two sections or keeping the new/younger ones in a cage inside the coup for a couple of weeks to a month at least. The chickens will get to know each other and sort of work out a pecking order before actually coming in contact with each other. Letting them free range together is a good idea and should help... It will take a couple of weeks to get the pecking order sorted out. There is a nice article in the Learning Center on integrating flocks you might like to check out, the part about actually combining them is after the quarantine section https://www.backyardchickens.com/a/adding-to-your-flock
     
  4. Peep-Chicken

    Peep-Chicken Overrun With Chickens

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    Hello and welcome to BYC!
     
  5. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

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  6. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Overrun With Chickens

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    Welcome to BYC! [​IMG]I'm glad you joined our "flock".

    I usually introduce birds into my flock when they are similar in size to the older birds. This is usually around 14-16 weeks old. Until then, they live in a segregated section that allows them to see the older hens, but not touch.
     
  7. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    You're received some great advice, so I will just say - Welcome to Backyard chickens, glad you joined the flock [​IMG]
     
  8. BantamLover21

    BantamLover21 Overrun With Chickens

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    [​IMG] I'm glad you joined our community!

    The other members have given you some good advice. Good luck with your chickens!
     
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