the neighbor who just bought the 6 chicks from me, is going to slip them under a broody that's been sitting on fake eggs the last few weeks. I asked him to keep me posted on how that worked out, I mean she's been sitting on eggs that haven't had anything going on inside, and now he's going to give her live chicks? Not sure how that's gonna work out.
on another note, today I ran an experiment by letting my 10 week old welsummers out with the big kids. there was the expected little bit of 'i'm boss over you' stuff, but for the most part, the big kids just wanted to crowd around the feeder with the chick feed in it. So for those of you who might mix your younguns a little sooner, what do you do about the feed situation? I'd like to go ahead and clear my in coop brooder as I'm going to be growing some out. I have a few friends who want them past the 'needs heat' stage and I don't want to keep that many inside. I have the broody mama in one of my brooders sitting on eggs to keep her separate. I was considering letting her raise them, but I really need to get her back to laying again asap
You can try sectioning off part of the coop with fencing that has an opening that only the young can fit through. Put their feed in there. Plus it gives them a safe space to go to. Kinda like college these days.