Adding new Chicks

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by dkeigh, Feb 15, 2014.

  1. dkeigh

    dkeigh New Egg

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    We have 33 Rhode Island Reds. The coop is divided down the middle with floor to ceiling chicken wire and a door between the two areas. Right now the chickens have full range of the entire coop. We want to add 25 new chicks this spring. Can we shut the chickens we have now to one side and set up the brooder in the other side?
     
  2. ChickensAreSweet

    ChickensAreSweet Heavenly Grains for Hens

    Yes you can do that.

    Don't try to integrate them until about 16 weeks for optimal results.
     
  3. theawesomechick

    theawesomechick Chillin' With My Peeps

    Having an "interaction through the wire" stage for different age groups is always beneficial.
     
  4. AmericanMom

    AmericanMom Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Perfect, I have the same set up, I call it the grow out pen...Works perfectly, when I did put them all together we had absolutely no issues!
     
  5. dkeigh

    dkeigh New Egg

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    Thank you so much for the help. We are new to the chicken business and really appreciate the advice.
     
  6. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    I've read in several places that if you brood in a divided coop like that, you can integrate at a younger age/size.
    Anyone reading this tried that with good or bad results?
     
  7. AmericanMom

    AmericanMom Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I didn't try, I waited more until they quit chirping (that's what I was told by my sister in law)

    Interesting to see if someone has been able to do it tho..
     

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