When do I let new chicks and hen back into the flock?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by BENNY, Mar 15, 2011.

  1. BENNY

    BENNY In the Brooder

    Jul 10, 2010
    I have a small flock of chickens, being 5 young RIR hens and a rooster. One hen went broody and hatched 6 chicks and 5 have lived. I separated the hen and chicks from the rest of the flock 4 weeks ago, 3 weeks before the chicks hatched. All I did was split the coop in half with 4 foot chicken wire where each group can see and really touch one another. There never seems to be any problems. May question is when could I take the fence down and let the two groups together with no worry about the older chickens hurting the young ones. The chicks are now 11 days old. Thanks for any help. Benny
  2. jockey1975

    jockey1975 In the Brooder

    Jan 3, 2011
    Wilson, NC
    I would not let the chicks in there until they are at LEAST half the size of the other hens. As far as the mama hen goes, whenever you think the chicks are ok on their own, you can put her back with the rest. That is what I do anyway and it has always worked for me.

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