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Brooding different ages together? Okay?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Tam'ra of Rainbow Vortex, Mar 29, 2011.

  1. In a few weeks I am getting TWO shipments of chicks (Hi, I'm Tam'ra, and I am a chicken addict.) but due to circumstances beyond my control, They will be about 6 days apart in age. There will be 48 in all (I must be mad!) and I was planning to brood the lot of them together in my greenhouse. It's a 10 x 20' room where they will have free run of 90% of the floor and a large brooder box with a heat lamp in one corner. There is currently grass growing on the floor and I have a 7 gallon waterer and a 20lb feeder to put in there. The dogs patrol the yard outside, and by the time the chicks arrive I will have the window vents installed so predators, overheating, and humidity will not be a problem.

    The only potential problem is the chicks themselves. Will the 23 older ones pick on the 25 younger ones? The older ones will be straight run buff orps, speckled sussex, and red broilers. They will have lots of space and things to eat... Will it help? Or am I setting myself up for disaster?

  2. Fred's Hens

    Fred's Hens Crowing Premium Member

    I got a dozen chicks this past weekend from three different TSC's and they are (to my eye) 3 days, 1 week, and 10 days old. No issues whatsoever. The difference isn't great enough at this age. You'll be fine.
  3. homesteadmomma

    homesteadmomma Chirping

    Mar 26, 2011
    Parke Co. Indiana
    I agree. I am new to having chicks, and we ended up with 6 older chicks appox. 3 weeks or so, with 2 tiny bantams that were only a few days old. They have been mingling and have not seen anything that would suggest picking on a smaller one. The smaller ones even ride on the bigger ones backs.
  4. Missymac

    Missymac Songster

    Mar 24, 2011
    I have chicks ranging from 2 weeks down to a couple of days. I don't have a problem with them. They all get along great, except for one ofmy golden comets, but she picks at everyone equally:) Mine are Golden comets(4), Tetra tints (2), Brahmas(2), and Americaunas(9).
  5. N&MSchroeder

    N&MSchroeder Songster

    Feb 4, 2011
    SE Idaho
    You appear to have plenty of room, so it shouldn't be a problem at all! [​IMG]
  6. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    Six days apart is just fine. I brood them together with as much as two to three weeks difference in age and it seems to work well.
  7. Thanks everybody!
    Looks like I will soon have too many chickens! I am excited for it, as crazy as that sounds.

  8. gryeyes

    gryeyes Covered in Pet Hair & Feathers

    "Too many chickens." I'm afraid I don't understand those words. Could somebody translate this for me??
  9. SIMPleChick

    SIMPleChick Songster

    Mar 10, 2011
  10. sheila3935

    sheila3935 Songster

    Jul 10, 2010
    Stonington, illinois
    Right now in one brooder I have chicks that are almost 4 weeks old some that are 3 weeks old and some that are 2 weeks and some of those are bantams. They all get along fine. my 4 week olds are roos and one my DD calls cuddle bug cause he likes to cuddle with the smaller ones. The only problem I have had and not really a problem is with jumping. Sometimes the older ones get a little crazy and jump but usually the little ones get out of the way.
    Last edited: Mar 30, 2011

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