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Moving chicks from a mixed age brooder batch into the coop

post #1 of 5
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Hi, all,

 

I got all my chicks at TSC and some are two weeks old today (GSL, Cuckoo Marans, one bantam Cochin) vs some that are probably 4 weeks based on their feathers (4 Frizzle bantam Cochins, one Welsummer or Phoenix or something that looked like a chipmunk). I am basing the age of 4 weeks on this: wings fully feathered, shoulders coming in, breasts about 1/2 feathers, tails coming along nicely. Everyone gets along fine, no pecking, etc., and I guess that's from no one "owning" the brooder when I got them, since some people say they have problems with mixed age chicks, from my readings on this board.

 

My question is: since they have been integrated in the brooder since day 1, what will happen if I take the older chicks out to the coop to live before the younger chicks? Will they lose their flock bond from the brooder? If so, I would then have to reintroduce the younger chicks when they move out.

 

Can anyone give me some advice, please? Thanks in advance!


Edited by skyhunt2016 - 4/6/16 at 1:43pm
2 GSLs, 3 Olive Eggers, 1 BW cochin bantam (sadly, probably a rooster-shhhh!), four 2wk old OEGB bantams of various colors including blue, and 2 3 weeks old Narragansett turkey poults, along with 3 dogs, DH, wonderful daughter, helpful SIL, and otherwise amazing grandson who cannot be convinced not to shout and run near the chicken so he is banned from the area just now (2 years old)
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2 GSLs, 3 Olive Eggers, 1 BW cochin bantam (sadly, probably a rooster-shhhh!), four 2wk old OEGB bantams of various colors including blue, and 2 3 weeks old Narragansett turkey poults, along with 3 dogs, DH, wonderful daughter, helpful SIL, and otherwise amazing grandson who cannot be convinced not to shout and run near the chicken so he is banned from the area just now (2 years old)
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2 GSLs, 3 Olive Eggers, 1 BW cochin bantam (sadly, probably a rooster-shhhh!), four 2wk old OEGB bantams of various colors including blue, and 2 3 weeks old Narragansett turkey poults, along with 3 dogs, DH, wonderful daughter, helpful SIL, and otherwise amazing grandson who cannot be convinced not to shout and run near the chicken so he is banned from the area just now (2 years old)
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2 GSLs, 3 Olive Eggers, 1 BW cochin bantam (sadly, probably a rooster-shhhh!), four 2wk old OEGB bantams of various colors including blue, and 2 3 weeks old Narragansett turkey poults, along with 3 dogs, DH, wonderful daughter, helpful SIL, and otherwise amazing grandson who cannot be convinced not to shout and run near the chicken so he is banned from the area just now (2 years old)
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post #3 of 5

You may wish to consider using the mama heating pad method if you have power linked to your coop. It could provide warmth for the smaller fellas, whilst giving the whole group access to the coop and run? Heres a link if you are interested.

 

http://www.backyardchickens.com/newsearch?search=mama+heating+pad

 

All the best

CT

Nairobi, Kenya
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Nairobi, Kenya
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post #4 of 5
The one that looks like a chipmunk is probably a old English bantam, we have three and they do like a lot like chipmunks!
post #5 of 5
Thread Starter 

Yes, I thought about that for the brooder, although not the coop. The heat lamp thing just scares me so much! They'll all be at least 4 weeks when I need to move them to somewhere else because we're having guests in the room they're in. I can move them elsewhere in the house, but it would be better if they were outside. And they will be confined to the coop for a week anyway, so maybe that's a great idea!

 

Wow, thanks for making me think about this. I think that will work.


Edited by skyhunt2016 - 4/8/16 at 11:22am
2 GSLs, 3 Olive Eggers, 1 BW cochin bantam (sadly, probably a rooster-shhhh!), four 2wk old OEGB bantams of various colors including blue, and 2 3 weeks old Narragansett turkey poults, along with 3 dogs, DH, wonderful daughter, helpful SIL, and otherwise amazing grandson who cannot be convinced not to shout and run near the chicken so he is banned from the area just now (2 years old)
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2 GSLs, 3 Olive Eggers, 1 BW cochin bantam (sadly, probably a rooster-shhhh!), four 2wk old OEGB bantams of various colors including blue, and 2 3 weeks old Narragansett turkey poults, along with 3 dogs, DH, wonderful daughter, helpful SIL, and otherwise amazing grandson who cannot be convinced not to shout and run near the chicken so he is banned from the area just now (2 years old)
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