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When to put chicks with grown chicks

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by voyleschicken, Apr 18, 2009.

  1. voyleschicken

    voyleschicken Hatching

    Apr 18, 2009
    I have 6 grown hens that are several years old and I bought 8 new chicks that are now about 7weeks old. The chicks have grown quite a bit. I have the chicks separated from the big hens. I recently held a baby chick up next to my big hen and she pecked it. When can I put them together?

  2. TheBuff

    TheBuff In the Brooder

    Apr 13, 2009
    S.E. IOWA
    once chickens has there pecking it's hard to add more to it. You will have to wait until they are at least 4 months old. putting them in at night time is your best chance. They will fight a little until they establish a new pecking order. Hope this helps.:
  3. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast Premium Member

    May 14, 2008
    North Phoenix
    My Coop
    15 to 16 weeks at the earliest.
  4. ZooMummzy

    ZooMummzy Queen of the Zoo

    Mar 31, 2008
    Philomath, Oregon
    Definitely at least 4 months. I did this last year and even at 4 months it was not an easy task. I'll be doing it again this year, twice as I have two sets of ages.

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