When to introduce chick to big chickens

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by amberohare, Apr 24, 2017.

  1. amberohare

    amberohare New Egg

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    I have a brahma chick that looks like she has all her feathers. She's at least 5 weeks old. Today, she escaped from the brooder and was running around my garage with a cat and dog nearby. I managed to get her without any casualties. Is she old enough to put her out with the big chickens? I don't want her hurt or escape again.
     
  2. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Lots of Chickens Premium Member

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    Sounds like it. I introduce mine at 6-10 weeks depending on the weather and the feathering on the chicks.
     
  3. aart

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    Zoomie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I did just integrate one chick with two other adults, and it went well. My chick was about 5 weeks. I think what @aart says is correct - I watched carefully to make sure there was no bullying, but it worked remarkable well with a younger bird. In my case the chick was in a dog carrier inside the larger area, and that was where she was brooded. They were able to see and hear each other for the first 5 weeks of the chick's life, so I guess they thought it was no big deal when I opened the door. I made sure the chick had hiding places and I showed her where they were, but it went great.

    I'm sure it's different with different individuals, but I was successful in getting this one chick accepted by the two adults.
     
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