Baby chicks 3 weeks apart.


In the Brooder
8 Years
Mar 3, 2011
I recently ordered 7 Buff Orpington chicks and 3 Dominques. I am very excited!
The problem is that though they are 1 day old chicks I will be getting the breeds 3 weeks apart. Will I have to keep them in separate brooders or can they be housed together?

Thank you for your time,
I think you can combine them , but I'd give the young ones a week on their own first. three week olds and newborns are a lot of size difference. One week olds can move around a lot quicker and get out of trouble more easily.

I'll be running into this same thing in about a month. I am hatching and then resetting a hatch immediately so I can combine the two ASAP.
I combine mine, but they have lots of room. I always keep a close eye on them. You need to be careful, waiting a week is a great idea.
I haven't had any problems with combining 3 week old chicks with day olds. If all goes well with my hatch this weekend I will be putting my day olds in with my 3 week olds. There is plenty of space and I have done this with other chicks before same age difference.
Thank you all so much for your help. You have really relieved my mind on the subject.

One contractor husband, one male toddler, two labs, three cats, one love bird, 30 fish, five goats and now ten chickens.

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