Where to put my chicks?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by SimonChicken, Feb 17, 2014.

  1. SimonChicken

    SimonChicken Out Of The Brooder

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    I've recently had the pleasure of hatching chicks, it's time to go outside now and I don't know whether I should put them with my Seramas for a while before putting them in with the hybrid flock? Or should I put them straight into the main flock?
     
  2. SIMZ

    SIMZ Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi! Congratulations on your babies!

    First, a lot depends on how old they are. Integrating chickens can be tough....and down right deadly if mixing chicks with adults. How old are they now?
     
  3. SimonChicken

    SimonChicken Out Of The Brooder

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    They are between 4-5 weeks old
     
  4. subhanalah

    subhanalah Overrun With Chickens

    Everything I've read says to wait until they are 16 weeks for full flock integration. However, if you can set up a barrier/wire fence between the flock and the babies, it will keep them safe while allowing them to slowly integrate with the flock while they get to know each other by sight and sound of voice.
     
  5. SIMZ

    SIMZ Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That's a tough age to put them in with full grown chickens. I'm not sure how it would work with the Seramas....they'll probably still get beat up. I agree with the previous poster that it would be best to keep them separated within the adult chickens for a few weeks (at least - and that depends on how much space you have).

    They could easily be killed or severely injured at that age with adult chickens.
     
  6. SimonChicken

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    Ok that seems like a good idea. So much excitement I overlooked making a new run.
     
  7. SIMZ

    SIMZ Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Join the club! LOL There have been a few times when I've hatched another batch of chicks, only to realize down the road that I don't have anywhere to put them.
     

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