Adding yet ANOTHER chick?! Question!

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by jenkassai, Jun 19, 2011.

  1. jenkassai

    jenkassai Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Sooo...hubby made the mistake yesterday of saying he thought it might be interesting to have a red colored chicken mixed in with my variety of what will be black, black and white and white with black. That was all I needed to hear, sounded like he was basically giving permission to get another chick, or is that just my interpretation? [​IMG]

    Anyways, I found a local person with some Speckled Sussex chicks, 6 days old. Sounds like an interesting breed, and I think they are pretty. If hubby likes how they look I am all for getting one or two. My question is...would I need to quarantine it/them from my current "flock" (can you call them a flock when they are babies?!) of 2 and 3 week olds? I don't know that I have the space for that. And if I did need to quarantine, for how long?

    Thx!
     
  2. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Show me the way old friend Staff Member

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    If you are getting one or two from a reputable breeder, then I wouldn't quarantine such a small chick from the others. Look it/them over, and if you think it is healthy, comes from a healthy place, then I would mix it in. If you wait too long with chicks, then THEY become difficult to mix together due to the pecking order, which begins to form around 2 or 3 weeks old. And keeping a lone chick is never a good idea. So I would go ahead and mix them. [​IMG]
     
  3. Nicole01

    Nicole01 Overrun With Chickens

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    Yes, keep them separated for a month before introducing. You don't want to chance getting the others sick. I love my speckled Sussex. She is a very sweet girl.
     

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