Adding another chick?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by ash_en_em, Mar 13, 2018.

  1. ash_en_em

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    Hey everyone!
    Newbie here, and 5 days ago I got my first two little peeps. I'm guessing they are about 3 weeks old now. I've been keeping their brooder around 70-75° (the temp in my bathroom) and fashioned this mama hen cave from chicken wire, a heating pad, and press n seal, which they go in at night to sleep when my bathroom gets to about 60-65° (I lower the heat in the house at night).
    All of that in mind, would it be problematic to add another chick at this point? We've decided we want 3 altogether. Any help/ advice would be great!
    I've attached some pictures of the girls and their setup. 20180313_122444.jpg 20180313_122513.jpg 20180313_122541.jpg 20180313_122559.jpg
     
  2. Roosters110

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    Wouldn’t hurt,but I think may be a little younger then three weeks,just a few days behin maybe two weeks?
     
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    Congrats on your new little ones!! At this age, if you get another one I do not think it will be a problem as long as it's not like a bantam or anything super small. I have housed chicks together about a week or two apart and they have been fine. And I have to say, the chick in the first closeup picture looks like it's feathering in a lot slower than the second one..if you're sure they're the same age I would have to guess (and at this age it's very much a guess) it might potentially be a male, have to see as it get's older though to be sure. Good luck with them! Any more questions I would be happy to help!:thumbsup
     
  4. Roosters110

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    Nice setup
     
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    Agreed.
     
  6. ash_en_em

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    I'm not 100% sure, as I got them from Rural King and they get new shipments every week. So they could be a week apart in age. It's just odd add the less feathered one is larger. So who knows? Glad to hear it shouldn't be an issue!
    If it is a roo, will he mess with the ladies too much? Being that we'll only have two females?
     
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  7. ash_en_em

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    Thank you!
     
  8. Roosters110

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    Sounds like a rooster.Larger size,but late feathering definitely sounds like a boy,but we will wait and see.
    As far as him over mating the girls,probably going to happen.A rooster of large breeds or regular sized needs atleast seven girls,would hurt to add an extra four?
     
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    If he is a roo, I would recommend getting a few more females...the ideal hen to roo ratio is 12 hens to 1 rooster but you could do 8:1 and be pretty safe. Also it depends on the rooster himself and his aggressiveness and unfortunately you won't know that until he's older.:hmm
     
  10. Roosters110

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    Agree with her.
    And his hormones may not be as wild as most cockerels are.My three year old New Hampshire still chases and pesters our hens,BUT he has a calm demeanor around kids and is a great care taker so the hens just kinda have to suffer through the spring.His sons were just like him.
     
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