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When can I introduce new chickies?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by (sub)UrbanCoop, Jan 28, 2013.

  1. (sub)UrbanCoop

    (sub)UrbanCoop Out Of The Brooder

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    I incubated and hatched out 8 babies. I gave 5 to a friend (with more space) and kept 3 to add to my flock.

    My current hens are about a year old, my newest are 4 weeks and nicely feathering out. I would like to move the chickies in to the hen house as our temperatures are very mild and they seem to be doing well when I let the free range in the garden during the day.

    I have introduced everyone a few times in the garden. The hens don't seem to mind the chickies at all, but is it to soon to move them into the hen house?

    I was told the older hens might try and kill them.

    Thanks!
     
  2. clt6464

    clt6464 New Egg

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    Well i am no expert, mine are 3 weeks old . we moved them out yesterday with the big girls. We live in Texas so it's not real cold . Use a heat lamp , So far they are doing great.
     
  3. (sub)UrbanCoop

    (sub)UrbanCoop Out Of The Brooder

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    I am no expert either, but it is good to hear someone else in the same boat with a positive result.
     
  4. NosiphoChooks

    NosiphoChooks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have always been worried about this too, in the past I have waited until they are about 6 weeks old. They get a bit henpecked but are usually big enough not to get injured.
     
  5. clt6464

    clt6464 New Egg

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    We moved all the chicks out today, a cold front is coming in today, we will see how it works .
     

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