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When/How to "blend" pullets with year-old flock?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Aimless Farmer, Mar 21, 2008.

  1. Aimless Farmer

    Aimless Farmer Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Jul 25, 2007
    N. Central MA
    My current flock of 4 EE hens and 1 (absolutely LOVELY) Roo will turn 1 year old in April and May. I eagerly await the arrival of my 6 new day-old chicks mid-April. They will, of course, stay in the dog crate in the living room for their infancy, as did the others last year (we brought the whole crate onto the deck on nice days). My flock are pastured as free range as can be and still live (ie: mobile coop behind electric flock fencing which is relocated every couple of weeks.) I'm getting nervous thinking about when and how I will blend these two flocks. When I got my Roo last October, the girls went after him with a blood lust until he set them straight. I shiver to think what a well placed peck to the head would do to a chick. HELP!!
     
  2. MRNpoultry

    MRNpoultry Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 2, 2008
    Gibsonville, NC
    I have the exact same problem, hope you get a good answer. Wish I chould help.
     
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  3. Redfeathers

    Redfeathers Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 11, 2007
    Gervais OR
    I have the same situation. I plan on sectioning off a part of the run for the new chicks so they can be together in one run but the big girls can't hurt the little girls. I'm making a small temporary coop out of misc pieces of wood that I have, I'll put a roost in it and wrap it on cool nights. Once they have been together face to face for a few weeks without any incident I will remove the temp fencing and let them spend a day out free ranging before I let them loose together in the main run. In a perfect world there will be peace and harmony from there on after. [​IMG]
     

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