Can I mix the ages of chicks in a brooder?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by outdoorschik, Jun 22, 2009.

  1. outdoorschik

    outdoorschik In the Brooder

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    So... I am very new at this. Just had a thoroughly unsuccessful hatch with an incubator (two hatched yesterday on day 22 and one is pipping now on day 23, no hope for the other 9 I think [​IMG] ).

    I'm going to order some mixed brown egg layers from a hatchery online and can get them early next week. Can I mix these week olds with those day olds at that point or do I need two separate brooders?

    Thanks in advance for the info!
    Karen
     
  2. Buck Creek Chickens

    Buck Creek Chickens Have Incubator, Will Hatch

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    you can go up to about 4 weeks if you have gentle breeds, some of the flightier birds 2 to3 weeks, when you mix just watch them for a few days and make sure there is no bulling going on.
     
  3. outdoorschik

    outdoorschik In the Brooder

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    Wonderful ... you just made my day <grin>

    I'm so excited for the arrivals. The two that made it are doing well today, I have no idea what they are yet, one is light yellow and the other is brown striped. The one that is is working its way out finally appears to be making some more progress ... <fingers crossed> So nerve wracking ...
     
  4. Buck Creek Chickens

    Buck Creek Chickens Have Incubator, Will Hatch

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    Good luck on your hatch [​IMG]

    enjoy your babies

    Also [​IMG]
     
    Last edited: Jun 22, 2009
  5. krazycow6

    krazycow6 Songster

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    Good luck with your new bitties. They will love each other.
     

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