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Raising chicks of different ages together

post #1 of 9
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I'm not sure how to describe this but:

If I hatch out 2 lots of chicks of different ages, How long before I put in a younger lot with and older lot will the older lot attack the younger ones. A week? Less or more?


Sorry if it's not very clear but it's hard to describe!
post #2 of 9

I've mixed chicks a good three weeks in age difference. The key is having a large brooder, plenty of space for everyone to move around. In one of those little plastic totes I wouldn't try it. 

Rachel BB

Stem cell transplant from unrelated donor in Feb 2015. Thank you to all my friends here on BYC for all your support during my treatment and ongoing recovery!

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Rachel BB

Stem cell transplant from unrelated donor in Feb 2015. Thank you to all my friends here on BYC for all your support during my treatment and ongoing recovery!

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post #3 of 9
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Thank you. I have 2 lots of chicks hatching a week apart so I will try putting them together.
post #4 of 9

I have almost two week olds and almost one week olds together and they are getting along great. The first day I brought them home I separated them until they got enough water and food to regain their strenngth then put them together the next day and all was good. :cool:

Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord- Collosians 3:23

 

 

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Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord- Collosians 3:23

 

 

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post #5 of 9
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Ok, thank you for replying smile.png
post #6 of 9
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Originally Posted by Wfpendragon View Post
 

I have almost two week olds and almost one week olds together and they are getting along great. The first day I brought them home I separated them until they got enough water and food to regain their strenngth then put them together the next day and all was good. :cool:


   I had the same age difference and I put them together as newbies and 8 days old but I added the new ones at night under the heated brooder (It was fairly dark and the peeps were all asleep.).  As soon as it was light the next morning they were all out together eating and drinking with no problems.  The younger ones followed the older ones to the food and water so that made it very easy.

post #7 of 9
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Ok.
post #8 of 9
It seems to be a size-difference thing rather than age. I have 1-3 week olds in one brooder just fine, but had to set up a different brooder for the bantams last night as they were the only ones getting picked on by the bigger guys.
post #9 of 9
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I have more brooder space if they don't get along. I just rather have them in one place than dotted around. But I will try them all together, they'll only be 7 days apart.
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