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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

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    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

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    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
    Nebraska
    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
    Michigan
    Quote:Ditto.
    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
    Nebraska
    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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