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Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by TracyLK, Jun 25, 2011.

  1. TracyLK

    TracyLK In the Brooder

    Apr 15, 2011
    I currently have 9 chicks that range in age from 4 to 6 weeks old. I think I have 4 roosters, but we are going to wait another week or 2 to be certain. The lady who I got them from will take back and rehome the roosters. She has others chicks available. How difficult would it be to introduce new chicks around the same age as my current chicks? Could I possibly be a long integration process or not really because they are the same age?

  2. mljohnson05

    mljohnson05 Songster

    May 16, 2011
    I have always had good luck when they are around the same age...In fact I just did so not to long ago...and they were fine in a matter of days (but that is just my experience.

    Just make sure to keep a close eye on them the first few days that you have them together...an if you are leaving to keep them in the same yard, but put a divider between them.

    I have found that if you are bringing in girls to other girls (it tends to be much smoother): than if you are bringing in boys.

    Best Wishes,
  3. christineavatar

    christineavatar Songster

    May 1, 2011
    Bolinas, CA
    I have done it in the evening or at night. When they all wake up together, no one seems to notice who's new.
  4. TracyLK

    TracyLK In the Brooder

    Apr 15, 2011
    Quote:Really? Wow could it be that easy?!
  5. LilyD

    LilyD Songster

    Jan 24, 2011
    Bristol, VT
    Another way that I have done it is to let all of the chickens out to eat in their run and then place the newbies in the coop. When the chickens come back in they just naturally assume that these new chickens belong. We didn't have any problems with them.
  6. Niss

    Niss Songster

    Apr 29, 2011
    I haven't had any problems. Since they are young I don't expect you will eithr as long as there is enough room for everyone. Adding them at night may head off issues as others said.

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