When can I add adult chickens

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by WillChicken, Mar 1, 2012.

  1. WillChicken

    WillChicken In the Brooder

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    Greetings,

    Have have about 50 baby chicks that are 5 weeks old and wanted to know when I could add a large hen to the mix from a known source?

    The reason for the large hen is to help with a basset hound and medium size cat.

    Cheers
    Will
     
  2. Happy Chooks

    Happy Chooks Moderator Staff Member

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    When they are about the same size as the hen - which will roughly be 12-13 weeks.

    And awwwww, I used to have a bassett hound. Stubborn as heck.
     
  3. davi

    davi Chirping

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    I have chickens too - The best thing to do is move in the chicks with the hen when they're as big as the chickens. I have chicks as well, and I only had one coop, so we had to mix big ones with small ones cuase they were getting too big for the brooder. I don't think this is the best choice. The big ones scartched a little chick's beak and it bleeded a bit.[​IMG]
     
  4. mammat

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    I put 40 8 week old chicks in with my existing 8 one year old hens without any issues. I put the babies out next to the big girls for 3weeks. Separated by a fence and in different coops. Finally the babies kept jumping the fence so I put them all together. I do still get up and let them out at dawn so they are not all locked together too long while it is light out.
     

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