Main Takeaways:

  • In general, chicks can go into the coop when they’re fully feathered, and close to the same size as hens (about 10 – 12 weeks)
  • I’ve had success introducing sooner, but they need to be big enough to defend themselves
  • If you have multiple roosters, it’s best to wait until 12 – 16 weeks, in case the roosters get hormonal
  • If you have hens that are big bullies, it’s best to wait until 12 – 16 weeks
  • Make sure you have multiple feed and water stations so you can be sure the chicks are able to eat and drink


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