can 5 week old chicks go in coop with 1year old chickens

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by samandmike, Apr 9, 2009.

  1. samandmike

    samandmike Out Of The Brooder

    Feb 5, 2009
    hay all this is the problim i need the brooder for new chicks coming on the 29th and was wandering if i go to feed store and get about 12 chicks can i put the other chicks in the brooder when thay get hear on 29th was also trying to figure out how i can get pullits not roo from feed store the ones i was looking at look like black astralorp chicks pics on cackel hatchery can that be feather sexed or do i just have to crap shoot again on straight run hate to allready have 6 roos and only 22 hens and thanks for any advice
  2. Hens_And_Chicks

    Hens_And_Chicks Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 23, 2009
    My personal opinion is a BIG no! The older chickens could be very rough in the picking and pecking order - stress and death could occur - I hope this is not an over reacting opinion but I would not do this with my chicks. I would build them an adjoining or seperate pen.
  3. Laskaland

    Laskaland ThE gRoOvY cHiCkEn

    Aug 2, 2008
    Hi there!
    I think 5 weeks are too young. I have done it at 8 weeks. Here is how I have done it... I take a cage and place the babies in the cage with their own water and food and put the cage in the coop so they can adjust to the activity. I leave them for almost a week and then let them out in the run so they can still adjust. I leave the cage open so they can escape if need be. There will be a natural pecking order... but that is just something they would have to adjust to anyway. I would hold off longer than 5 weeks.
  4. Chickenmaven

    Chickenmaven Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 6, 2009
    My seperation pen is a shipping crate, like they ship washers & dryers in, covered in chicken wire. It is approx. 4x4 and I got it for free at Home Depot. After the babies got bigger, I made a little door, so they could come & go. It kept out some of the biggest, most aggressive hens. Gave the babies a place to retreat.
  5. Laskaland

    Laskaland ThE gRoOvY cHiCkEn

    Aug 2, 2008
    Quote:Well at my feed stores, the order a whole bunch of all pullets. You might wanna ask if they have just a brooder with pullets.

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