Adding chicks to chicks

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by tiadragon, Mar 16, 2012.

  1. tiadragon

    tiadragon New Egg

    May 21, 2008
    We have 15 week+ old (hatched Mon 3/5) chicks currently in our brooder and I would love to add some americaunas to our flock. If I pick up a couple 4 day olds (hatched Mon 3/12), would they be ok to just add them to the brooder with the others? Or should I plan on a whole separate setup? If the latter, is there a point at which I can/should introduce them to each other as young'uns?

  2. felidaet

    felidaet Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 10, 2008
    Vancouver, Wa.
    They should be fine in one brooder. Just watch them close for a short time after you mix them and check on the frequently for the first day. (As if we need a reason...). It is usually fine to mix birds up to 2 week difference in age. Even 3 weeks will often be fine as long as the younger birds are at least 1 week old. Any more than 3 weeks can be a problem. Just my experience.

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