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Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by MillieTu, Mar 6, 2015.

  1. MillieTu

    MillieTu Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi I'm a newbie.

    Can anyone give me some help and guidance on this. I am thinking of getting 2 chicks at a time probably 6 months apart, do you think this would be a good idea?

    A few people mentioned a new chick might get picked on but if I introduce 2 at a time this might not happen?

    Help please [​IMG]
     
  2. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    Any time birds are introduced to an established flock there will be pecking/fighting. Is there any possibility that you could get the 4 birds at the same time?
     
  3. JanetMarie

    JanetMarie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Bad idea. Get all the chicks at one time that way they are all the same age and that will be better for them. Also, if one of your 2 chicks die then you are left with one lone chick.
     
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  4. MillieTu

    MillieTu Out Of The Brooder

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    Thank you for replies, I have 2 that are a week old now is it a bad idea to another 2 now??
     
  5. bobbi-j

    bobbi-j Chicken Obsessed

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    Doing it now would be better than doing it later. And I'd give the babies a week or so to get a little closer to the same size. Unless, of course, you get a couple of more week-old ones.
     
  6. ECBW

    ECBW Chillin' With My Peeps

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    They are like kids. Little kids can go to any playground and find a playmate. Teenagers would only go in pack and look suspiciously at everyone else.

    At a few weeks old, integration should be no problem.
     
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  7. lazy gardener

    lazy gardener Chicken Obsessed

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    I would not hesitate to add a couple more at this time. You might want to put a divider in the brooder, and keep them apart until the younger ones are agile on their feet. Then supervise their meeting.
     
  8. tcstoehr

    tcstoehr Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That is in fact a very good idea. Get that done immediately if you haven't already.
     
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  9. DanEP

    DanEP Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have some 2 week old chicks and 3 week old chicks in my brooder right now. the older chicks were 9 days old when I put the 3 day old chicks in with them. the only problem was the little guys couldn't keep up with the older guys for a few days but that worked out just fine. Chicks are much easier to integrate than than 6 month old pullets.
     
  10. MillieTu

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    I have got 2 10 day Bluebelles coming tomorrow [​IMG] I will introduce them slowly. I will be adding 2 Silkies when they are around 14 weeks but I can keep them separate for a while. I'm sticking at 6 I promise [​IMG]
     

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