16 pullets and 3 roosters

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by yates-chicks, Mar 5, 2008.

  1. yates-chicks

    yates-chicks In the Brooder

    Mar 4, 2008
    the newbie here .. lol
    i was wondering
    i have 16 babies (girls)
    and 3 roosters
    i have them separated right now ,
    so i dont lose which is which
    but how long will it be before i can tell just by looking which is hens and which aint
    can i put them all together they are 2 weeks old
    and the 3 roosters seem to be lonesome since they came from a box full of others
  2. Farmer Kitty

    Farmer Kitty Flock Mistress

    Sep 18, 2007
    You can have them all together. It will be a couple more weeks anyway before you can tell them apart though. Many here use bands to tell chicks apart. I use the zip bands but, with chicks you need to change them frequently and check them a couple times a day due to the fast growth rate. There are other ways and hopefully some others will chime in because right now I can't remember enough details to tell you.

    Good luck and Welcome to BYC!
  3. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD

    If they are all babies of the same age or so, go ahead and raise them together. They will all act the same till about 12 weeks old.
  4. RubberChickenLubber

    RubberChickenLubber Songster

    Oct 19, 2007
    Newton, NC
    Another option to mark them is to use fingernail polish on their nails.
  5. yates-chicks

    yates-chicks In the Brooder

    Mar 4, 2008
    my hubby would laugh at me if he saw me painting my chickens nails LOL But i love the idea
    thanks for the ideas
    and i already love it here
    have a good day
  6. Kaneke

    Kaneke Songster

    experienced chick raisers, confirm or deny ....

    is it wiser NOT to use red, orange, pink, or purple polish, if marking chicks toenails ... so they don't peck at one another ?

    maybe blue, silver, gold, green, lavender, white, yellow or the like ?

    valid concern or silly idea ?


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