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When can my chicks be with my older birds?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by KrupkaRanch, Apr 1, 2016.

  1. KrupkaRanch

    KrupkaRanch New Egg

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    I got 6 chicks from TSC about 2 weeks ago. I assume that they are now 3 weeks. I have:

    - 2 barred rocks
    - 1 "americana" (probably an easter egger)
    - 2 Isa Browns
    - 1 red chick cross bred for production

    I also have 3 older Dorking chickens soon to be 2 years old. As many of you probably know dorking chickens are dual-purpose birds and weigh about 9 pounds. My chicks will never be as large as these birds just because of their breeds. When can I put the chicks in with the larger birds?
     
  2. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Runs With Chickens Premium Member

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    I usually start integrating my chicks at around 8-10 weeks when they are fully feathered. Plan on penning them next to, or within the coop, so the existing flock can see them for a week or two before beginning supervised mingling and returning them to a safe pen afterwards until you comfortable leaving them together.
     
  3. KrupkaRanch

    KrupkaRanch New Egg

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    Thank you that was very helpful!
     

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