adding a new chick

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by 4 chicks, May 23, 2012.

  1. 4 chicks

    4 chicks In the Brooder

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    We had 4 chicks. 2 barred rocks and 2 buff orps. Unfortunately we had one orp die due to an accident. :( Is it possible to add a new baby chick to the remaining three? They are 3 weeks old.
     
  2. Smokinhotchicks

    Smokinhotchicks Hatching

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    I just had a similar scenario. I had 3 chicks (2 Wynadottes and 1 Turken) then later decided that I wanted a few more. I added 5 new chicks to the original 3 (then 2 weeks old), 2 Iowa Blues, 2 Welsummers and 1 Golden-Spangled Hamburg. All got along fine after getting pecked on the head a couple of times. No biggie! By the way, I have mine brooding in a 1/2 ton Macro bin.
     
  3. sumi

    sumi Égalité

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    Welcome to BYC, Smokinhotchicks.

    4 chicks: why don't you add 2 or 3 newbies, then the little one won't be outnumbered!
     
  4. 4 chicks

    4 chicks In the Brooder

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    I think i am going to try to pick up 2 new chicks today. That is if I can find 3 week old chicks!! Thank you for your advice!! I need it. :)
     
  5. Smokinhotchicks

    Smokinhotchicks Hatching

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    Thaks Sumi! Sounds like a plan. I would suggest a minimum of 2 new chicks, aged between a day old and 3 weeks. I find that the more newbies that are thrown into the crowd overwhelms the current flock and reduces the amount of pecking that the newcomers recieve. The 3 week old chicks have not fully developed their pecking order and should not be too aggressive toward the babies.
     
  6. Smokinhotchicks

    Smokinhotchicks Hatching

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    Oh, forgot to mention to be sure to give all of the chicks pleanty of space, say 3-4 square feet per bird. This will also ensure that the new ones don't get pecked too much.
     
  7. 4 chicks

    4 chicks In the Brooder

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    Well, the place I get my chicks from doesn't have any kind of chicks I would get. Anyone know of a place in Northern Illinois or Southern Wisconsin where I can find some chicks?
     
  8. lucylover

    lucylover In the Brooder

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    Yes... However, be sure to make sure that everyone is getting along okay, and no one is pecking at the little guy. If they are, separate him and give him the heat lamp. Also give him some gatorade to boost electrolytes through him (since he doesn't have friends to keep him company). Then, slowly introduce him back to the others that were a little older than him. Good luck and sorry about your other little one that died. I feel for ya! :)
     

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