When to let newbs out with the main flock?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by HeatherTheMommy, May 8, 2016.

  1. HeatherTheMommy

    HeatherTheMommy Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 14, 2015
    Felton DE
    Ok so i have 11 full grown laying hens and 6 seven week old newbies. Right now the new chicks are in the main coop under the nesting boxes contained with garden mesh. I dont let them out into the run because my flock free ranges. When can i let them out to free range and mingle with my established flock? Im worried either they won't come back or my new girls will bully or hurt them. I have my silkie in a seperate coop right now because she is raising 2.5 week old adopted chicks that I plan to move under the nesting boxes once I integrate my 7 week olds. Ive never added new birds to my flock so this is all new to me. Thank you for any advice.
  2. Mrs. K

    Mrs. K Chicken Obsessed

    Nov 12, 2009
    western South Dakota
    Do you mean that you don't have a run at all?

    Well out in the part that you free range in, get a couple of pallets, and lean them against the coop. Put one on top of some blocks so that it is about 6-8 inches off the ground. These are hide outs and escapes for the little chicks. You can also put feed and water under this so as to make sure they get enough. Make sure there are at least two exits to any hideout, so as not to get a bird trapped.

    Then let the big girls outside, and wait about an hour, while you set this stuff up. Feed the big girls a rather long ways away from the coop, and then let the little girls out of the coop. With you standing in between with a long stick so as to redirect the older hens away from the coop. Let the little ones explore. The will be quite timid if you have had them constantly in the coop since they were born?

    This will allow the younger ones a chance to see where they can hide, and if you can, chase them a bit, so that they do find the safe place.

    Then let them be. The younger ones will take some pecks, but should be able to get away
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