I have only one hen left from my original flock, all the other old girls having passed away last year. If I add 30-40 new baby chicks do I need to keep them separate from HennyPenny until they're grown? Or can they be introduced to each other?
This hen went broody last year so I know she has the instinct, but since I didn't have a roo I collected all the eggs. Will she kill the chicks if I put them in together? Or should I just bite the bullet and cull the older hen and start fresh?
My coop is 10'x12' and the enclosure is 40'x 80'. I could build an additional enclosure inside the coop for the chicks until they're about 2 months old, but I don't want them to start pecking each other. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Cheryl