1 day olds with Mature birds?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by thereverend, May 22, 2010.

  1. thereverend

    thereverend Out Of The Brooder

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    I was wondering if i bought 1 day old chicks and put them in with the older girls i have
    would the older girls mother them? I want to get 25 chicks from a hatchery and was thinking
    about putting them in with the mature girls i have please let me know how you guys feel about this
    also if i do this would they need special food or would the older girls feed them?
     
  2. suzyq53511

    suzyq53511 Drowning in Chickens!

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    I would put them in a brooder. The older girls will probably peck them unless some are broody. If one of your hens is broody you could try to stick some under her at night. The chicks need starter feed.
     
  3. thereverend

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    I assume a brooder is simply a smaller yard? how long do you think they should stay in there before putting them all togother.. ?
     
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    suzyq53511 Drowning in Chickens!

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  5. georgialee

    georgialee Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I would not recommend doing that. Your adult birds would probably kill the chicks. You need to have them in a brooder with a heat lamp (temps around 90 deg.) and starter feed. You can work on itegrating them with your mature flock once they're fully feathered [​IMG]
     
  6. Mrs. Fluffy Puffy

    Mrs. Fluffy Puffy Fluffy Feather Farm

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    I would not put them in with your grown birds ... they will kill them! Trust me I've learn the hard way!!!
    You need to put them in a brooder with a heat lamp and some food/ water etc. [​IMG]
     
  7. thereverend

    thereverend Out Of The Brooder

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    Ok. thanks for the help guys.. I am learning... I am new at this whole chicken farmer thing..
    but i plan on becoming very good at it. So what about if they have chicks of their own? will they kill them as well or will they
    take care of them by themselfs?
     
  8. fishermans wife

    fishermans wife Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If they hatch their own chicks, then the mother hen takes care of them. I have 2 mother hens with 4 chicks now, and they do it all! They protect them from the other hens, get them to food, water, etc. It is wonderful - but you have to have a broody hen to do it. You can not force "broody", they just do it on their own. Welcome to "chicken world" it is a great place to be! This sight will give you all the information you need!
     

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