Putting baby chicks in the coop and introducing them to the flock can be tricky, so I have learned. They need to be introduced slowly so the other hens accept them and allow them in the “pecking order”.
We added four Leghorn chickens to our flock in April. They were my birthday gift! Baby chicks are so cute and fuzzy! They were very popular at our family Easter gathering.
Well, that was two months ago and they have outgrown their tub brooder so we modified the big girls’ coop and added a chick condo!
My wonderful husband framed out three feet on the floor from the nesting box closest to the door. He then made the “walls” and “ceiling” from hardware cloth.
He added a roosting bar in the nesting box and covered the top with morehardware cloth to prevent escape attempts while collecting eggs.
We are now ready to put the baby chicks in the coop!
Now my Road Island Red ladies can get acquainted with my Leghorn girls! Things seem to be going well.
Using a dog kennel/crate, I let my babies get some sunshine next to the chicken run. They seem to enjoy the time outside of the coop and the big girls can get used to seeing them outside as well as inside the coop.
How do you introduce baby chicks to your flock? Share your experiences in the comments!