When can I let my chicks join the flock

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by amzevans, Aug 5, 2013.

  1. amzevans

    amzevans Out Of The Brooder

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    Hey I have 3 chicks that will be 8 weeks old on Friday. One of them is starting to get very big and seems to want to come out of the run separating them from the hens. I thought I had to keep them separate until they are a lot older but wanted theirs advice/experience on whether its possible to free range these little ones now. I worry about next doors car as two of then still look so small. Any advice gratefully received x
     
  2. chickinthebator

    chickinthebator Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi there,
    You have held them for quite a while!
    Assuming all three are hens, you may want to keep them in a little house
    where the others can see them and get used to them for a while and keep an eye out.

    I introduced mine very early and they were fine and adventurous with the others.

    Hope this helped [​IMG]
     
  3. amzevans

    amzevans Out Of The Brooder

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    The broody stayed with them until they were 5 weeks in a separate house with a run. The other hens can see the chicks in the run but they sleep in another house. Should I let them into the garden with the other 3 and see how it goes? I'm more worried abou next doors cat. The older ones chase cats away but I'm not sure if the chicks are big enough to fend for themselves yet. I don't know if they are pullets or cokerals yet x
     
  4. chickinthebator

    chickinthebator Chillin' With My Peeps

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    OK I like the idea of putting them in the garden together
    but couldn't recommend watching them for while they are out
    there for the first few times to assure all is OK.
    8 weeks should be old enough - it won't be simple whenever you do it!!
     
  5. amzevans

    amzevans Out Of The Brooder

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    May 24, 2013
    Have let them out and so far all seems well :) x
     

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