When to introduce new chickens

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Jose21, May 29, 2011.

  1. Jose21

    Jose21 In the Brooder

    May 18, 2011
    When do people feel that it is a good age to introduce 1, possibly 2 new chickens of a different breed, to the 2 hens we have raised from hatching. Ours are currently almost 4 weeks. We will have to wait for a while as we only want to get hens and need to wait o be sure of gender - but I am wondering whether it would be better to let our two grow up (7 or 8 months or more?) before introducing new, slightly younger hen(s). Also should we get two more, or one? We are not really after the eggs (clearly - with only 4) but the two we have are so attached to each other that if something happened to one, I would worry that the other one would be left on its own - and probably have to move into the house with us!!!
  2. chickenlover96

    chickenlover96 Chirping

    Mar 3, 2011
    i uasually wait untill i get the first egg from them ten i put them all togeather at night it causes less stress on every one when u put theem togeather at night
  3. Imp

    Imp All things share the same breath- Chief Seattle

    Putting them together at night is a good idea.

    I don't wait till the younger ones are laying, just close to the same size as the adults.
    I currently have 3- 2 month olds, going to introduce at the end of June, so about 3 months old.



    Mar 15, 2010
    I have 11 twelve week olds and I tried to introduce them today to my adult hens and it did not go well, so they are back seperated for a couple more weeks. They have been living where they can see each other through a fence for a couple months but it still was very ugly today.

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