Adding a new chick

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by ChickenRebel, May 20, 2012.

  1. ChickenRebel

    ChickenRebel Hatching

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    I have two chicks 5 1/2 weeks old and want to get another. I have found some chicks for sale near me that are 8 weeks old. Is it ok to add the 8 week old with my two and how should i go about it?
     
  2. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe Crossing the Road

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    At that age, given plenty of space, there shouldn't be a problem at all. The newbie will be bigger so can fend for itself.
    My concern would be disease/parasites so I would quarantine the new bird a while.
     
  3. ChickenRebel

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    i do not have any where to quarantine a new chick. is there anyway to tell if the chick is healthy so i can just add it to the coop?
     
  4. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe Crossing the Road

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    Look for the most robust bird and check it thoroughly for lice/mites.
    After that you'll just have to gamble.
    Birds can be diseased and not show it right away, hence the need for a quarantine period.
     

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