When do you introduce chicks to outdoors with 7 hens

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by arlew0127, May 19, 2011.

  1. arlew0127

    arlew0127 Out Of The Brooder

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    I have 3, 5 week old chicks. I also have 7 laying hens. When can I put the 3 chicks out in the coop with the 7 hens?
     
  2. Mrs. K

    Mrs. K Overrun With Chickens

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    If they have a broody hen, I introduce them immediately. Without a broody hen, you need to wait until they are near the same size as the hens.
     
  3. KaneMoa

    KaneMoa Out Of The Brooder

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    Ditto on that. My first time I made the mistake op putting 7 week old chicks with laying hens and the end result was a few bald butts before I realized what was happening. Laying hens can be vicious towards other birds. My Australorp hen hates my meaties and tries to kick at them through their pens at times. Put em in a nearby run or tractor so they can see each other until they reach size.
     

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