Age difference problems

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by happylittlehens, Mar 24, 2013.

  1. happylittlehens

    happylittlehens Chirping

    Mar 19, 2013
    I bought 4 Ameracaunas and 4 white leghorns this last week. The 4 Buff Orpingtons I ordered won't hatch until next week.So by the time they get here my other 8 will be 2 weeks old. Is this too much of an age difference to keep them together? Should I keep the BO's in a seperate brooder? I hate to keep them seperated and then throw them all in the coop together when they're ready. I fear that will be disasterous. Any advice?

  2. RonC

    RonC Songster

    Feb 28, 2012
    Might keep the hatchlings seperate till they are at least a week old to give them a better chance. Put them where they can see each other if possible.Anything up to a month difference usually isn't a problem though.
    Last edited: Mar 24, 2013
  3. arnr1530

    arnr1530 Chirping

    Feb 28, 2013
    North Carolina
    i bought my chicks they are all different ages and have been together since i got them they are now 8 wks 7 wks and 6 wks old and they had no problem being togetehr and getting along they will find their way together its in their nature but if you are a little iffy and wanna make complete sure it wouldnt hurt to wait til they are a wk old to put them in with the others but you dont have too!! hope that helps

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