When to put chicks with grown chicks

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

  1. voyleschicken

    voyleschicken New Egg

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    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 Out Of The Brooder

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    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

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    15 to 16 weeks at the earliest.
     
  4. ZooMummzy

    ZooMummzy Queen of the Zoo

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    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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