When can I put my pullets in with the hens?

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  1. Jenneh85

    Jenneh85 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have about 4 or 5 pullets (one still to be determined).

    they are still small, but when can I put them in with my full grown 6 hens?

    1 of them is bigger then the others and It was around that size I put the full growns out side, then they just took off growing like wild flowers.

    My main fear is putting her in and them attacking her to bits.
     
  2. azygous

    azygous Chicken Obsessed

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    What i just now did was to copy your question and paste in on the "search" window up at the top of this page, just for the heck of it. (You could do this, too.) I got 984848 results back.

    Every day, there are half a dozen new questions on the first page of this forum just like the one you have asked.

    I'm sorry for not answering your question, but using the "search" function seems so totally simple. I don't understand why everyone doesn't use it.
     
  3. Jenneh85

    Jenneh85 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    my bad, I normally dont search my questions. I was hoping for someone to give me the advice i was looking for instead of your response.

    From now on I will just search instead of asking other people.

    wow.... wish I could delete this thread now, as its pointless to keep it here with the other 984848 threads.
     
  4. azygous

    azygous Chicken Obsessed

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    I apologize for making you feel bad.

    If you will give us more information, maybe we could tailor some advice to fit your concerns.

    We need to know how old the pullets are, three weeks old is a lot different than eight weeks old in what we would advise.

    Are the pullets in view of the older hens or have they not ever met the pullets?

    How large is your coop and run? Are the pullets and hens all standard breeds or bantams.

    Have you been taking the pullets outdoors for days trips? How long? What age did you begin?

    That's one of the reasons I suggested a search, because you haven't provided enough information for us to really be of much help.
     
  5. ALDavis

    ALDavis Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi Jenneh85. I'm not sure on an exact "safe" age per se but I do know that if you're able to have an area where the Pullets can safely be seen my the flock without total inclusion into the flock immediately they'll have a lot better chance of not having any safety issues when put in with your big hens. Hope that helps some
     
  6. Jenneh85

    Jenneh85 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We need to know how old the pullets are, three weeks old is a lot different than eight weeks old in what we would advise. AGE of 1 is 2 months, other two are 1 month & 3 weeks and the one I still think is a rooster but doesnt show any signs of being one yet is about 1 1/2 month old.

    Are the pullets in view of the older hens or have they not ever met the pullets? Not in view, Inside in a brooder

    How large is your coop and run? Are the pullets and hens all standard breeds or bantams. Standard Breed. I will take a picture of the whole coop/run in a moment

    Have you been taking the pullets outdoors for days trips? No leashes to put them on, so answer is no they have been indoors since I bought them.


    I did follow your advice and searched through some of the threads with my question but nothing that I saw actually applied to my question.



    I think I would have to build something inside the run to protect these 5 pullets from the 6 full grown hens, until they get use to them being around.

    But!

    with the way the run is built I dont think I would have room unless I take the goat section out of the picture.
     
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  7. ALDavis

    ALDavis Out Of The Brooder

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    I put a wire dog kennel in with my chickens to use as a get to know the flock play pen area. Mine are in an old barn stall though but the kennel is handy because it's east removed
     
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  8. ALDavis

    ALDavis Out Of The Brooder

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    could you put something along side of the run as a temporary structure?
     
  9. azygous

    azygous Chicken Obsessed

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    They're old enough to begin introducing to the flock. They need escape objects for safety. If you have limited space, then I would go vertical. Install some perches at varying heights. Pullets, will not hesitate to fly up to the highest perch available to evade pursuers. Tree stumps, or even tree branches tossed into the run will provide places to hide and hop onto.

    The big problem with introducing smalls to bigs is the food. You need to either go to an all flock feed so the smalls don't eat any layer feed until they begin to lay themselves. Or segregate the feeding stations. You will want to provide a safe place for the smalls to eat so they aren't constantly chased away from the feeders. A small enclosure that has an entrance too small for the full grown hens would be a great place for the pullets to eat in peace.
     
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  10. Jenneh85

    Jenneh85 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    all my questions have been answered, Thank you for tailoring to my question.

    I will keep in mind in the future to look & search first before making a un-needed thread.

    The last question I had was answered, about putting a dog kennel up, only problem I have is my main goat who might "climb" it.

    I will talk to my husband and see what he would like to do with this given information, thank you kindly for giving me a chance to explain.
     

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