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Buying chicks. Need advice

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Keeahskreations, Mar 5, 2012.

  1. Keeahskreations

    Keeahskreations Out Of The Brooder

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    I am a beginner at this raising chickens and will be purchasing chicks soon. I have a local hatchery who has two of the types that will be hatching at the end of the month. I am not sure about the other ones yet. I have looked on line and some chicks are about 1 or two weeks apart. Is this a big deal? I understand not putting the birds together if the age is considerably different, but is a week or two significant enough?
    Thank you
     
  2. DNCXmom

    DNCXmom Out Of The Brooder

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    I built a brooder that had a divider. I put Rode Island Reds that I hatched myself on one side and then chicks that I received from a hatchery that where almost two weeks different on the other side. There wasn't to much difference. I took the divider out once I was sure all the hatchery chicks where healthy. They all do great together. I do not believe you should have any problem. 5 of the chicks in this group are silkies which are MUCH smaller then the rest, they also did just fine, with the older chicks.
     
  3. redheadfarmer

    redheadfarmer Out Of The Brooder

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    I think it depends when you have a 2 week difference in age. If some of the chicks are day olds and the rest are 2 weeks old, I wouldn't put them together. The day olds will still be getting their land legs under them and sleep ALOT. The 2 weeks run and jump and have way more energy. That's been my expereince anyway.

    If you are talking about mixing them up at 2 and 4 weeks, I would go ahead with it as there is less difference developmentally then.
     
  4. MissCluckCluck

    MissCluckCluck Out Of The Brooder

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    I once mixed week old EE chicks with 3 week old EEs, and I believe everything was fine. Heck, there were even some Button Quail in there! It took maybe a day for them to be... normal and calm, but they were all okay. They say that sometimes, young roosters will be very mama-ish towards baby chicks.
    The chicks that I mixed together are almost a year old, and all 5 of the roosters get along. I guess it could also depend on the breed you are mixing. Good luck! [​IMG]
     

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