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Can I mix 2- 8 week old chicks with 6- 6 week old chicks?

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Hi we want to get a rhode island red but it is not a must. I found somebody that has an 8 week old and he suggested I do 2 that way if my girls dont accept shel'l have her buddy from her litter... Im worried because I've heard rhode island reds can be a little more aggressive... any opinions... I can always wait...
post #2 of 9

you can just put them together and watch them for a while to see what happens.

2 Buff Orpingtons, 1 red sex link, 1 bantam, 1 Silkie rooster who acts much bigger than he really is, 2 young Pekin ducks, 1 young Mallard, 1 duck of an undetermined breed, 2 mixed breed chicks,1 Barred Rock pullet, and 1 easter egger pullet.  named in order:

Lucy, Ethel, Lucky, Aunt Bea, Ricky, Lemon Meringue, Daisy, Ping-Ping, Jake, Fred, Phoebe, Saoirse, and Esther.

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2 Buff Orpingtons, 1 red sex link, 1 bantam, 1 Silkie rooster who acts much bigger than he really is, 2 young Pekin ducks, 1 young Mallard, 1 duck of an undetermined breed, 2 mixed breed chicks,1 Barred Rock pullet, and 1 easter egger pullet.  named in order:

Lucy, Ethel, Lucky, Aunt Bea, Ricky, Lemon Meringue, Daisy, Ping-Ping, Jake, Fred, Phoebe, Saoirse, and Esther.

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post #3 of 9
Thread Starter 
Do you thinkbibneed to get two?
post #4 of 9

i don't think that the younger ones will reject the older one, but if you want to get 2 that's up to you

2 Buff Orpingtons, 1 red sex link, 1 bantam, 1 Silkie rooster who acts much bigger than he really is, 2 young Pekin ducks, 1 young Mallard, 1 duck of an undetermined breed, 2 mixed breed chicks,1 Barred Rock pullet, and 1 easter egger pullet.  named in order:

Lucy, Ethel, Lucky, Aunt Bea, Ricky, Lemon Meringue, Daisy, Ping-Ping, Jake, Fred, Phoebe, Saoirse, and Esther.

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2 Buff Orpingtons, 1 red sex link, 1 bantam, 1 Silkie rooster who acts much bigger than he really is, 2 young Pekin ducks, 1 young Mallard, 1 duck of an undetermined breed, 2 mixed breed chicks,1 Barred Rock pullet, and 1 easter egger pullet.  named in order:

Lucy, Ethel, Lucky, Aunt Bea, Ricky, Lemon Meringue, Daisy, Ping-Ping, Jake, Fred, Phoebe, Saoirse, and Esther.

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post #5 of 9

I can do this just fine because they have a lot of space (I have no fencing, just great guard dogs) to run away from each other if they start pecking. If you do have a big brooder, then yeah. But I would just put them in together, and give them a couple hours. If the pecking is really bad, I would pull them out :)

URTEAGA FARMS

lots of standard chickens, ducks, 2 bantams, 1 adorable white silkie, 1 guineas, 3 doggie boos, 2 kitties, and the most amazing husband anyone could ever hope for! Its quite a big family for only two humans ;)

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URTEAGA FARMS

lots of standard chickens, ducks, 2 bantams, 1 adorable white silkie, 1 guineas, 3 doggie boos, 2 kitties, and the most amazing husband anyone could ever hope for! Its quite a big family for only two humans ;)

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post #6 of 9
I've raised RIRs for several years now they are a little more aggressive towards each other and never try to get eggs from under them! Lol they are feisty! But other than that they are great I love them, they lay good and produce yummy brown eggs and a lot more. I just have always had good luck with them and I like them a lot.
Good luck and have fun with your birds!
Jenna
post #7 of 9
Thread Starter 

Thank you guys I actually found somebody closer to us that will match the size of our current chicks! So hopefully they'll all get along! 

post #8 of 9
I hope the best to you and your flock! smile.png
Jenna
post #9 of 9

I would never add a single bird.  Best to do at least 2.  Wishing you the best with your additions.  Welcome to BYC.

Jesus Christ is my pilot.

My husband of 41 years is my best friend and co-pilot.

Enjoying my gardens.  My flock are my garden helpers.

Breeding a winter hearty flock with small combs and colored eggs.

Favorite breeds:  Dominique and EE.  Hatching addict.

 

http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/1084432/egg-gender-selection-survey

http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/1013154/byc-member-interview-laz...

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Jesus Christ is my pilot.

My husband of 41 years is my best friend and co-pilot.

Enjoying my gardens.  My flock are my garden helpers.

Breeding a winter hearty flock with small combs and colored eggs.

Favorite breeds:  Dominique and EE.  Hatching addict.

 

http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/1084432/egg-gender-selection-survey

http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/1013154/byc-member-interview-laz...

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