4week olds with a new chick?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by mradam, Apr 27, 2008.

  1. mradam

    mradam Out Of The Brooder

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    Ok, here's the issue I face today. I have 4 awesome 4week old RIR's. They just got upgraded from their cardboard brooder box into their mansion brooder, which will later be their coop.

    My question: Some family just got 6 one week old chicks. They need to get rid of 1 of their straight run BO from this batch. Would this little guy/girl survive with my big ones, or would they pick her to death?

    I really can't build a separate brooder box for her(space limitations), and would 1 chick really do well by herself anyway?

    I don't want to say no if I can make it work(I secretly wanted a BO to begin with), but I have to consider quality of life for the chick too.

    Thanks!
     
  2. ginbart

    ginbart Overrun With Chickens

    Mar 9, 2008
    Bloomsburg, PA
    IMO I don't think it would do to good. Do you have a bird cage or something like that to put it in? What about the cardboard brooder box you took the 4 week olds out of?

    I am new at this so I hope someone else answers this that knows better than me.
     
  3. ginbart

    ginbart Overrun With Chickens

    Mar 9, 2008
    Bloomsburg, PA
    bump
     
  4. mradam

    mradam Out Of The Brooder

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    The cardboard box is already out on the curb(and it's wet now too). My chicks new brooder home is in a playhouse:
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    The box is gone, replaced with a wood floor, and framed out with chicken wire to separate the interior in half(kinda hard to explain). So, their isn't much room left in there.

    If I keep a new chick in a birdcage in the playhouse, I'm not sure I'll be able to keep the temp up high enough for the new one, and still keep it cool enough for the 4 week olds... actually they are 5 week old today.
     
  5. lauralou

    lauralou Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have 10 chicks, about five weeks old, already outside in their own coop/run. The other day a young chick that my broody hen hatched got into their pen. Thank goodness I was out there! The big chicks were chasing the little chick around, and I think that they would have hurt/killed the baby if they had caught it.
     

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