Adopted babies

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Lainy, Jul 19, 2010.

  1. Lainy

    Lainy Out Of The Brooder

    Jul 19, 2010
    We have two 2-week old incubator hatched chicks in the brooder now. Today we acquired a hen with her four chicks that look to be about 2-weeks old. At what age will the incubator hatched chicks have sufficient immune system built up that we can put them with the natural hatched chicks and the hen? These are all of the chickens we have so I'm more concerned about disease for the incubated chicks, than another chicken picking them off - figuratively or literally. Thanks!
    Last edited: Jul 19, 2010
  2. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

    May 3, 2009
    New Jersey
    The hen will not accept the chicks at this point in the game. She knows which are hers and will attack any others. Once she starts weaning her chicks, you can combine them if you have sufficient space.

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