Can I mix day old chicks, with 2 week old chicks?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by happymanny, Apr 2, 2017.

  1. happymanny

    happymanny Just Hatched

    Mar 22, 2017
    Hello BYC community, I have 10 chicks that are 11 days old, but I am thinking about getting 4 more day old baby chicks. Are they young enough to integrate together or should I separate them?

    Thanks a bunch!
  2. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Monkey Business Premium Member

    Jan 30, 2015
    Africa - near the equator
    I'd keep them separate, ideally in the same brooder so they can see each other, but not interact. Once the young chicks get older, the other chicks will be familiar with them and this should ease integration.
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  3. lazy gardener

    lazy gardener Flock Master

    Nov 7, 2012
    Yes, you can do so with caution. I like to put a bit of a divider between the 2 groups for a bit, then introduce them gradually. You can even start introductions by putting the older ones in with the littles one at a time, until all of the older ones have spent some time with the littles, then move the divider. I never introduce babies unless they have got their balance and are moving and eating well. You also must be aware of the different temperature needs, and be sure the brooder is big enough so that they aren't crowded.

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