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New to raising chicks! will different breeds get along?

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We are brand new to raising chickens! We bought 4 chicks today. I meant to research breeds a bit more but I ended up just letting my kids pick which chicks we bought. So we have 4 different breeds. We have a new Hampshire, dominique, sicilian, and partridge. Will they get along ok? Also my children want to hold them a ton! How much holding can I allow? Thanks! (I've alreday used this site for making the brooder for them.)   ;)

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Those breeds should get along fine.

Depending on the age of the children it may not be a problem or it could. If small children it is a problem if they hold them too tight or drop them.

If they are older, more handling will make them tamer.

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“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts.

Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime.”                  Mark Twain

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post #3 of 8

Hi and welcome to BYC. I agree with C/Canoe re: your chicks getting along together.

 

Best wishes

CT

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ok. Thanks! my kids are 9, 7 and almost 6. So they are all old enough to be careful and right now they are all excited to help feed and water them. :) We'll see how long that lasts. lol

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post #6 of 8
It's also important to practice good hygiene around chicks and not kiss and nuzzle them n
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Good point.

The APA recommends washing hands well after handling chickens. Just like people should do after handling dogs, cats and any livestock.

NPIP 43-813

“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts.

Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime.”                  Mark Twain

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NPIP 43-813

“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts.

Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime.”                  Mark Twain

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How old are the chicks? If they are very young, they tire easily. You would want to limit play time so they get their 40 winks in.

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