So I have my 5 two week old chicks in a good size brooder with the mama heating pad and I had a question about adding new chicks to the mix. Do you have to slowly integrate like you do with older birds or can I just put the new chicks in with my two week olds? I would be getting probably 2-3 few day old chicks, they wouldn't be more then a week old, and are at least three days old from the farm store near me. I just really wanted a few breeds that I wasn't able to get when I got the first chicks last week, but I don't really want to run two brooders it would be nice if I could just put them all together. I was just worried if the new chicks would get trampled or beaten up a lot.
Probably will be okay. The only issues I had was with mixing standards and bantams. The bantams were getting trampled, especially at the feeder/waterers so I jad to set up a separate brooder for them (except the silver sebright who pitched a FIT when I put her with the "little kids").