When to introduce 4 wk olds with 8 wk olds?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by megsnoel, Aug 31, 2010.

  1. megsnoel

    megsnoel New Egg

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    HI

    I have two 4 week old chicks and two 8-9 wks olds that have been out in the coop. When can I introduce the new chicks into the coop? Thanks
     
  2. PunkinPeep

    PunkinPeep Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My experience is: the sooner the better.

    I would put the little ones in a cage or something, to start with, and then do some supervised, uncaged "visitations" to see how they handle it. I have been able to integrate 2 weekers with 6 weekers before, without incident. But you have to watch them and go with your gut on whether they're ready.
     
  3. Happy Chooks

    Happy Chooks Moderator Staff Member

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    Quote:I agree. I've integrated 6 week olds, 2 week olds and 1 week olds all together without any problems. Just stuck them in the brooder all together and kept an eye on them. No problems at all. I was worried about the little ones the most, but it was hilarious, they would just run right under the older ones.
     
  4. rhondaa

    rhondaa Out Of The Brooder

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    Now or you could have done it sooner. i find it is easier with chicks then hens. I have put in 4w olds with 2 and 3 months and know problem. The problems have been when i have put the chickens that got old enough in with the laying hens.... agh thats when you will have problems!
     

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