Will 2 flocks together work in one coop?

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by kiwichickchicks, Mar 3, 2016.

  1. kiwichickchicks

    kiwichickchicks New Egg

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    Hi everyone, I'm new to BYC and new to keeping chickens. Last Sunday I had zero chickens. Due to a miss communication today I now have 1 Bantam hen with three 5 week old chicks and 1 Brown Shaver hen with seven 3 week old chicks and a 5 year old daughter that wants to keep them all:) Will this work? We have a reasonable large run (2m x 12m) for them and my partner will extend the coop if we can make this work. Really wanted to know whether 2 hens and their chicks will live happily together in the coop and run or are we heading for a disaster? I will not be keeping any cockerels as I live in the city. Many thanks in advance Kiwichickchicks
     
  2. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Monkey Business Premium Member

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    I would separate both coop and run for the time being - this will allow both chicks and hens to see each other, but not mix - mother hens can be crazy, so it may not be worth risking mixing them for now. Perhaps consider merging them when both mothers have weaned their chicks - then it should be ok.

    Good luck

    CT
     
  3. N F C

    N F C gobble gobble Premium Member Project Manager

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    x2 on CTKen's suggestion. Better to be safe than sorry if you put them all together and things didn't go smoothly.

    Thanks for joining us!
     
  4. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us! :)
     
  5. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    agree with CTKen and Welcome to Backyard chickens [​IMG]
     
  6. junebuggena

    junebuggena Chicken Obsessed

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    Integrating to hens with chicks is a bit tricky. Hens have been known to kill chicks that aren't their own. Both families will need time to get to know each other before you let them all interact.
     

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