when can I put my chicks together?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by sunshineinsc, Jun 2, 2008.

  1. sunshineinsc

    sunshineinsc Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm getting 4 month old RIRs and 6 wk olds this weekend. Should I wait to put them together/ how soon can I put them together?
    thanks
     
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  2. RoyalHillsLLC

    RoyalHillsLLC Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My most recent experience has been they need to be at least 3 1/2 to 4 months old to survive with bigger birds while confined together. I tried putting a RIR and a couple similarly aged birds in with adults and she was pecked to death as soon as I was out of sight. While I was there they seemed to be getting along. I wouldn't chance putting them together unless you could watch them close for a long time and be certain they won't peck too much.
    The others did ok but for some reason they pounced on the RIR and killed her.
     
  3. mmajw

    mmajw Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 31, 2008
    Maine
    You could try putting them in pens so that they can see eachother but so they 4 month olds cant hurt the 6 week olds. If all seems well after a couple days you could try putting a younger one in with the older ones for a few minutes and see how it goes. Watch carefully though you may need to quickly remove her.

    You may need to wait until the 6 week olds are old enough to fend for themselves.
     

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