Baby chicks 3 weeks apart.

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Eroicayori, Mar 3, 2011.

  1. Eroicayori

    Eroicayori In the Brooder

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    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,
    Sara
     
  2. they'reHISchickens

    they'reHISchickens Songster

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    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.
     
  3. kera!

    kera! Songster

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    I think it will work but same wait till a week old then combine...
     
  4. FarmGirl01

    FarmGirl01 Songster

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    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.
     
  5. pkw

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    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.
     
  6. Eroicayori

    Eroicayori In the Brooder

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    Thank you all so much for your help. You have really relieved my mind on the subject.


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    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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