8 week old chicks

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by his4ever, Jul 1, 2011.

  1. his4ever

    his4ever In the Brooder

    Jun 25, 2011

    So I have a friend giving me 5 8week old chicks. I have three girls that are almost full grown (I got them back in March). Could I let the little girls free in the chicken run with the big girls or do they need to stay separated for a while? Thanks!

  2. JodyJo

    JodyJo Songster

    Sep 27, 2010
    8 week olds, they should be fine, try it and see if they injure the younger ones, I will be faced with this same scenario in a few weeks myself. Some like to put the younger ones in a wire cage, then into the coop, so the older ones get used to the new ones...I am going with the cage idea first...let us know what happens...
  3. his4ever

    his4ever In the Brooder

    Jun 25, 2011
    I think I might do the wire cage for now and let the big girls get used to them. Ahhh... fun times ahead [​IMG].
  4. ThinkingChickens

    ThinkingChickens Songster

    Feb 18, 2011
    I'd do a smaller pen for a little while to see what happens. My girls are six weeks and my bigguns are 21 weeks. I've had the little ones in an x pen so the bigger ones can get used to the idea of sharing. It's going well, but no need to rush things.

  5. Mommy 2 Wee Ones

    Mommy 2 Wee Ones Songster

    May 19, 2011
    North Texas
    My 5 little ones are separated by wire fencing in the run. They are 5 & 3 weeks old, the older ones are almost 8 weeks.
    My Rocks are the meanies, today two of my rocks flew over the fencing & were chasing the 3 week olds. Poor little things were hiding under the three 5 week old EE.
    I hope one day they will all get on together & be happy.

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