chicks with big hens?
I have two grown black orp hens that live very nicely together. I bought three heavy chicks, supposed to be pullets, who are now about 2 months old. I was also given a 3-month old orp roo. The four immature birds live together pretty well.
I have been giving them their daily "afternoon stroll" (being out of the pen for an hour or so) at the same time and the hens pretty much ignore the young ones.
The plan is to have the whole gang live together in the 8 x 12 pen the two hens are currently in.
I don't want anyone getting pecked to death but wonder when they can safely be integrated.