adding younger chicks to a juvenile flock?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by wroblow, Aug 15, 2011.

  1. wroblow

    wroblow Out Of The Brooder

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    I have 4 chicks that are 7.5 weeks old and 2 that are only 4 weeks. The older chicks have been outside in the coop for the last week, but I'm not sure when to introduce the smaller ones. I know a lot of the advice on here is to wait until they are at a similar size, but wouldn't that mean keeping the younger ones in the brooder until they were almost fully grown? Or will the younger ones 'catch-up' to the older ones soon?

    sorry, I've only ever introduced new adult hens, so the baby/juvenile situation has me stumped and I'm not sure my boyfriend can handle having chicks inside the house much longer [​IMG]
     
  2. NCchicken

    NCchicken Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Is there anyway to section off a portion of your coop to make it only for the 4 wk olds? So they could still see eachother and get used to eachother?
     
  3. wroblow

    wroblow Out Of The Brooder

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    I could separate them in the run, but I'm not sure about in the actual coop. I have a few weeks until the little ones can go outside, maybe I can figure out a way to section off part of the coop.

    If I leave them for a week, separated, will that do? I would think they'd still be very different in size. My older girls are a bit brutish (maybe they're not all girls!) and i'm worried they will gang up on smaller chicks.
     

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