When to let them go with the others?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Tricia's Triple Z, May 10, 2008.

  1. Tricia's Triple Z

    Tricia's Triple Z In the Brooder

    89
    0
    39
    Dec 7, 2007
    I have 5, 7 week old young ladies in a super huge wire dog pen in with my others. They can not get to each other. I am wondering when I could mix them, (the other 3 are 1yrs and 11 guineas that are the same). I do let them run around the pen when I babysit them and the only issue is when there is something that they think they can eat and the chase begins. My other concern if I mix them is the food, I don't want them to lay prematurely. Any suggestions would be appreciated![​IMG]
     
  2. lauralou

    lauralou Songster

    1,833
    21
    181
    Dec 10, 2007
    Central Virginia
    Everything I have read says to wait until the chicks are the same size as the adults, so they won't be hurt too badly as the pecking order is established.

    I had an 8 week old chick escape from her pen into the big chicken run, and she got a nasty peck on the head for her trouble. I was there, and put her back in her pen quickly. They should be used to each other, they've been separated by chicken wire for a few weeks, but...
     

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by: