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Introducing 2 sets of chicks to each other, 3 weeks age difference

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Question about introducing flocks..

 
Once they are old enough, we are able to introduce them no problems.. We have done it a couple times, no problems there.  I am more curious about chicks..  Here is the scenario.  
 
I ordered my new round of chicks last month, due in May 6.  However, someone ordered a bunch with an earlier ship date and offered us 6 of them, and we gladly accepted.  Those chicks will be 3 weeks old when we get the ones due May 6.  Can I put them both in the same brooder box?  They are all the same breeds, so no concern with food, as we would feed them both the same if they were in different brooder boxes.  The box I would use is big enough for all birds, so no concern there.  My concern is 1)heat lamp. They are on different schedules. I would probably use 2 lamps, one on each side of the box so they can keep different temps.  The box is big enough to handle that as well.  My real concern is bullying or whatever.  I assume the 3 week olds aren't to the point where they would peck the others, but figured I would ask before I do anything.
 
I would prefer not to build a new brooder box for just this batch, but if I have to, I have to..
 
Thanks in advance..
post #2 of 5

The day-olds will be too small, new, and vulnerable to put with the older chicks immediately. Besides being small and new, they are also clueless.

 

If you install them in a divided brooder so they can all become acquainted over a period of a week or so, you can probably then merge the two groups without much fuss because the younger ones will have learned enough about the older ones to cope.

 

But all chick temperaments vary, so you will not know how it will work until you try it.

 

With a bit of refereeing, I think you can get the two groups to be good with one another in a very short period of time. You can check out how I deal with bully chicks in my last article linked below this post.

 

The link is here : http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/aggressive-baby-chicks-and-how-to-stop-the-behavior


Edited by azygous - 5/2/16 at 11:29am
post #3 of 5
I have the same situation going now. My brooder is 6x2. I have a bunch of 6 weeks and 19 2 week that I hatched . I put a piece of chicken wire to separate it. Nothing blocking the heat lamp pretty much equal heat distribution.
post #4 of 5
I've put them together with no problem. Just watch them at first.
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Thanks all for the responses and sorry for me being slow to say thanks. I didn't have thread notifications turned on..

 

I am going to separate them for a bit with some chicken wire, but have them in the same box.  Hopefully, being in there together for a week or so will get them used to each other and then I can open it all up and let them mingle..

 

Thanks again.

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