I have two chicks approximately two weeks old in the brooder currently. I am about to receive two additional chicks that will be only a few days old. I have done very well introducing the older pullets into the general flock of adults, but have never encountered this situation.
What do you all think? Add the new chicks to the brooder now? I'd prefer to do this for simplicity but am worried the baby chicks could get picked on. Is there a way to help ease the tension? Maybe by adding hiding places or something like that?
I could also start a separate brooder for the new chicks and combine in a few weeks? This is less proffered because I only have on heat light, and food/water setup as of now. I'd have to repurchase all this equipment.
FYI, the brooder is big, about 8 square feet. There are no real crowding issues.
Edited by ia02 - 3/29/16 at 9:50am