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When can I feed corn to chicks and letting them out with the flock?
Tue 17-Aug-10
12:55 pm

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Hello everyone, just a few questions from this newbie, hope you can help.


A few months ago, one of my Barnevelders became very broody, but unfortunately being a new mum and a bit clumsy, she managed to tread on her chicks and only one survived. I took the chance and bought three other newly hatched chicks and she has fostered them brilliantly. It's quite peculiar to see a Barnevelder, Orpington, Cream Legbar and a Buff Sussex all running around together. They are now 9 weeks old and I want to know whether they are old enough yet to introduce to the rest of the flock. They are in their own coop and run at the moment and have contact with the rest of the flock (and their mum) through the wire. However, I have two Marans who can be a bit of a bully to newcomers and a large Welsummer cockerel who fortunately is well behaved - can anyone advise on any precautions I should take to prevent the chicks being hurt. Would anti-pecking spray work? I'll obviously keep an eye on them and leave their coop open so they have somewhere safe to run too, but I'm a little concerned when they go to roost in the main coop, as there are always squabbles - mainly the Marans!

Every evening, I give my main flock some mixed corn and the chicks are always at their wire cheeping away for some. I've avoided giving any at the moment as I was afraid they may choke. Can anyone tell me from what age would they be able to cope with a small amount of corn - I feel terrible leaving them out of the treat!

Fri 1-Oct-10
4:50 pm

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Hi Helena wave

I always apprehensive when putting chicks or ducklings out with the other bigger ones too. I would imagine that as your post was sometime ago you've already done it, if so how did it go? Quite quicklythey develop a pecking order and that's natural, nothing you can do about it even though you want to intervene! As for the corn about 2 months old is about right, they won't choke.

Please let me know how you got on.

Fri 1-Oct-10
8:58 pm
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We have small chicks running about with thier mum all day, so far we have not had any problems feeding corn called bley in France in fact it would be difficult to stop them eating it. Our biggest problem is trying to feed them seperate from the maurding ducks who have been known to trampel them as ducks dont seem to care about t=others too much and Barburys in particular are very greedy and aggressive. We are going to eat the lot this year and just keep Geese and Chickens. We may keep a few for eggs but they are just not worth the effort. We also feed the chicks a mixture of Goats milk and bread they love that.

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Fri 1-Oct-10
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wave Mine are the same. I don't separate them, going on the principle that if they are strong enough they will survive.  And do you know what, they do.  In fact when they are young all the other hens seem to be very patient.  They soon stay out of the way of the ducks.  I use chicken crumb for wee ones , but I see them trying mixed grain at a very early age.

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