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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 Home in WY Premium Member

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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 Out of the Woods 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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