Can I mix different age chicks?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by poupoule, Nov 5, 2009.

  1. poupoule

    poupoule Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi all,

    One of my hens had 3 chicks two weeks ago. They are so cute!!![​IMG] I partionned my coop and set up a little nursery in one side, where momma hen and her 3 babies are staying. The rest of the coop has a rooster, a silkie and a point of lay black hen (quite big). I am waiting for this one to start laying and then she will move to my "big breed coop".
    Now I have another hen sitting and the chicks are due to hatch by the end of this week end. Can I put her and her new to come chicks in the nursery with the other momma hen and her 3 two-weeks-old chicks? Or is it better to put her in the nursery alone? But then the momma and her 3 babies will be mixed with the rooster and his 2 wifes!
    This is my first time hatching babies (a lot easier than giving birth [​IMG]) and I wouldn't mind your advice. Thanks.
     
  2. neferset

    neferset Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I wouldn't mix two mothers ever again. The one time I did that, the more passive mother and her babies were traumatized. Chicks alone, I can usually get away with mixing day olds to 2 weeks, but usually only if I have a staggered hatch with every age in between.
     
  3. poupoule

    poupoule Chillin' With My Peeps

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    So do you think the bantam hen and her 3 chicks will be allright with the rest of the coop? I suppose the hen will protect her chicks, won't she? And later, would I be able to mix them all once the momma hens forget about their chicks (I think it is when the chicks are about 6 weeks old?
     
  4. kathyinmo

    kathyinmo Nothing In Moderation

    I have heard that one mother hen will kill the other chicks that are not hers.
     
  5. LauraSBale

    LauraSBale Chillin' With My Peeps

    I have had 3 hens go broody this summer, at different times, and i just left them with group, mom takes care of them, and another hen helps the moms with the baby's, and the other chickens don't bother them, i haven't any issues all 3 times with other chickens hurting the baby's.
     

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