Boy am I brave!!

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by ibpboo, Jul 15, 2008.

  1. ibpboo

    ibpboo Where Chickens Ride Horses

    Jul 9, 2007
    always changing
    I recently moved my 15 week olds into the coop with the 6 year olds. And for the past 3 nights, they actually put them selves away with them instead of going into the tack room. So, yesterday, my now 4 week olds escaped from their playhouse that I let them play in during the day. At night they have been sleeping in the tack room in a lizard aquarium. They actually have outgrown both, and free range during the day with all the girls. So, this morning, I threw them in the coop with the rest. Well a couple pecks, but for the most part they are just leaving them alone. So, I think they are going to be fine. I'm so happy because they were too big for their temp cages. The 4 week olds, Hay and Bale, have been sleeping in the tack room for a couple weeks now, without a light with temps into the 50's at night and 60-70 during the day.
  2. robinaggie

    robinaggie Flew the Coop

    May 25, 2008
  3. wegotchickens

    wegotchickens DownSouth D'Uccles & Silkies

    Jul 5, 2007
    Sevier County, TN
    I've been free-ranging mine together each day to get them used to each other because all of mine are outgrowing their space as well. Very soon the 8 week olds will graduate the the swingset coop and then the 4 week olds will get the tractor.

    My only concern is that the babes not get layer feed. But since the hens have been sneaking into the tractor to eat baby food, I figure I'll switch everyone to baby food and supplement the hens with free-choice calcium (oyster shell & egg shells).
  4. Sahara

    Sahara Songster

    Apr 22, 2008
    Keystone Heights, FL
    They should be fine after a few little squabbles.
  5. Wynette

    Wynette Moderator

    Sep 25, 2007
    Yes, I'd worry about chicks less than 18 weeks getting layer feed, too. It's quite a bad situation when you don't have room for all the ages! I'm going through that myself right now. I only have 2 pens - I've got my adults in one pen, and in the 2nd, ages from 13 weeks down to 8 weeks. My plan is to feed all these chick feed until the youngest are 18 wks., and then switch over to layer feed. SHEESH! Takes so much planning!
  6. robinaggie

    robinaggie Flew the Coop

    May 25, 2008
    My seven week old BR watches the week-old chicks through the brooder. Then she gets on top of the brooder and poos on the chicks through the hardware wire top. She sometimes acts nicey-nicey, and then when I try to introduce her to a chick she gives it the evil-eye, and I think she's going to peck its eyes out.

    You are brave, and I'm so glad your situations worked out well!
  7. smith2

    smith2 Songster

    Jan 5, 2008
    Paris, TN
    Yes, I have the same problem. More chicks of different ages than I have room for. I could suggest to DH that he add on to the coop (Opps, he's already done that).[​IMG]
    Last edited: Jul 15, 2008
  8. Rogue_Woman

    Rogue_Woman Songster

    May 12, 2008
    I think I may just make a tractor for any of the chicks under 18 weeks and transition them into the big girl coop as they hit the 18 week mark. Same situation here though, I've got 2 year olds on down to 3 day olds, and it takes quite a bit of book-keeping to figure out who needs to be where with whom and when on which food!
  9. robinaggie

    robinaggie Flew the Coop

    May 25, 2008
    and when on which food!

    YIKES!!! [​IMG]

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