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Mixing chicks and adult chickens
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mountain woman    Posted 07-02-2004 at 19:50:59       [Reply]  [Send Email]
If you have experience with chickens, I could use your advice!
We have adult chickens (6), but none have set eggs. We'd like to order some baby chicks, but would like to keep them in the same chicken house as the 6 adults. The chicken house is 8 feet square, with a roost and egg boxes inside.
Any help will be appreciated.

KatG    Posted 07-03-2004 at 11:14:47       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Mountain LAdy you would not believe the problems I have had with my chickens getting along...I read the website and it has alot of good info...I began with 30 red sex-link hens and a Rhode Island red rooster..Decided to set a hen and had 7 chicks 7 weeks ago...then have 6 more chicks that are amost 3 weeks old...Also have three 5 month old black Wyandottes and a silver laced Wynadotte..Girl none of them get along very good...The reds one dislike the black ones badly...They have go to where they will tolerate them but will not mix and mingle at all..The Wyandottes don't like the little chicks and chase them..Now even the little chicks are bowing up to each other...I thought the other day I needed Prozac for the entire crew..I have got three chicken pens and a chicken pen inside of one of them ...and 2 houses..trying to keep peace and hoping that they will accept each other someday...I will never havve different colored chickens again...But you know Grandpa had all colors and no problems...What happened to those days???I am kinda long winded...sorry...KAtG

KellyGa    Posted 07-02-2004 at 22:03:59       [Reply]  [No Email]
The chicks will have to stay a different temperature and eat a different food anyway, so you need to keep them seperate. I didn't put my buffs and sussex together until just recently. They are 2 months apart in age,and still don't get along. They are supposed to be two of the most docile breeds too. There is definitely a pecking order, andt he buffs are on top. Nobody gets hurt, but they aren't best buddies either. The buffs are 5 months and the sussex are 3 and a half months old.

I agree with Donna, never put them together.

Donna from Mo    Posted 07-02-2004 at 19:55:23       [Reply]  [No Email]
The adult chickens will mistreat the babies... peck at them and bloody them up. You'd better make other arrangements till the chicks get big.

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