One of the tricky things about getting new chicks when you already have an established flock is introducing them to each other. Sometimes things don't go so smoothly...
but our big hens seem to be accepting the little ones.
Aren't our Welsummer chicks cute? I love the brown, gold and black markings. And it'll be fun to get their reddish brown eggs when they're bigger.
Free ranging can be a GREAT time to introduce new chickens to an established flock.
So after a week or so of the Wellies protected by a large wired dog crate outside, we swung open the door and let them to explore. They headed to the flower garden while the big girls explored the dog crate and ate some spilled chick feed.
But soon ALL the girls were off and exploring, scratching and pecking...and, um, fertilizing the lawn. The big girls pecked at the little ones a few times, the little ones letting out high cheeps in response, but they're starting to establish pecking order (which is a REAL THING) and mingle as a new, bigger flock.
Our next hurdle? Well, we'll continue to let them free range together (under supervision) for a couple of weeks and then try having everyone hang out in the run together, ducks included. (The ducks really don't pay much mind to the the chickens, big OR little. :wink:)