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Can I add more chicks?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by kimmypie, Mar 13, 2012.

  1. kimmypie

    kimmypie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I got 8 chicks last Tuesday and I want to get two more tomorrow. The ones last week were already a few days old when I got them because they had gotten their last shipment on the previous Saturday but I'm not sure of the exact age. The speckled sussex are the biggest and the Welsummers started out the same size as the Buff Orpingtons but the BO's have grown a lot faster than the Wellies. Anyway, I want to add an Australorp and a Barred Rock, the feed store is getting a new shipment tomorrow. Can I still add them?
     
  2. JerseyGiantfolk

    JerseyGiantfolk Overrun With Chickens

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    Make sure they are the same size, or you could separate them also...
     
  3. kimmypie

    kimmypie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The current chicks are all different sizes already. The feed store only sells new baby chicks so they will be smaller, but they are only a week or so behind. I can't separate them because I use an ecoglow and I only have 1.
     
  4. kimmypie

    kimmypie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Well I got two tiny chicks today, a barred rock and another EE because I couldn't find black Australorps anywhere. Adter I put them in the brooder with the bigger birds I stayed right by watching for 20-30 minutes to make sure everything was good and the big ones weren't picking on the littles. Everything was fine and the big ones seemed oblivious. I kept checking all day and everyone is getting along so yay!
     
  5. Fierlin1182

    Fierlin1182 powered-flight

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    Glad things are going well! Just keep an eye on them, my chickens sometimes turn with no apparent warning.
     
  6. Bantam Username

    Bantam Username Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Normally chicks can go in with different ages as long as the oldest chicks are under 4 weeks old. Always watch them to make sure there isn't going to be an issue, but they don't start getting territorial til around 4 weeks of age. :)
     
  7. heybarb

    heybarb Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We did the same thing on Monday, picked up two more day old chicks and put them in with our 10-12 day old chicks. They have been fine so far. One of the bigger chicks actually fell asleep with both the little ones under her wings. It was really cute and I wish I had been able to get a picture!!
     
  8. gardendufus

    gardendufus Chillin' With My Peeps

    I had asked the same thing and the general consensus of everything I read was 3-4 weeks in age difference was fine. I found many posts where this was the answer.
     

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