Adding older, not-maturing chicks in with younger chicks?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by cyberwuzzle, Aug 3, 2013.

  1. cyberwuzzle

    cyberwuzzle In the Brooder

    Jul 21, 2013
    I have a 5 week old chick that is about a third to a half size smaller than her brothers and sisters. She's acting fine, eats, runs around. She just doesn't seem to be maturing. The rest of the chicks are probably about ready to go outside into a chicken tractor, but I don't feel comfortable moving the little one from the brooder. I do have another batch of chicks coming soon. My question is--can I put Little Miss Thing in with the new chicks or would that be dangerous? I want to give her more time to mature.
  2. five is my dog

    five is my dog Songster

    Jul 4, 2013
    i had the same problem and i separated my baby from the rest and she is doing fine. i would wait to put her in with the smaller chicks until they are about 1-2 weeks and for the first week keep an eye on them. i think you have a runt. sometimes they dont get the proper food because they are at the bottom of the food chain. just make sure she gets lots of food and proper nutriton.
  3. troy4

    troy4 Songster

    Jul 9, 2013
    In da Country Coop
    well I had got 6 chicks from a store and got 6 more putting them all together was a ok so i'd say since its not pecking order time is aokayand they might stay apart for awhile because she's new and their new.Good luck![​IMG] and mines were aboiut the same age ecsept for my buffs and black sex links and they were fine accept for my blavck sex liks they got pecked on because they were small and for about a week until they were big they fit in just fine![​IMG]
    Last edited: Sep 28, 2013

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