Can i put newly hatched chicks in brooder with older chicks??? Help!

Discussion in 'Quail' started by Trey-B, Jul 7, 2011.

  1. Trey-B

    Trey-B Hatching

    Jul 7, 2011
    I am new to raising quail and just hatched my first three quail five days ago. I have ten eggs that are hatching at the moment. Can I put the newbies in the brooder with the five day olds or will they be too aggressive for the young ones.

  2. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Show me the way old friend Staff Member

    Mar 21, 2011
    New Mexico, USA
    My Coop
    They will probably be ok together. Just keep an eye on things at first. Keep the temp up to 97 degrees or more for the little ones, lowering the temp 5 degrees each week, starting with the full week of the new hatched babies. Keep the heat on them for 6 weeks or until fully feathered. Make sure your waterer is very shallow so they won't drown in the water. You can put some marbles or small stones in a pickle jar lid so they wont' fall in. Sprinkle food all over the floor of the brooder around the feeder so they can find it. And you will be fine. [​IMG]
    Last edited: Jul 7, 2011
  3. _Randall_

    _Randall_ Songster

    Nov 3, 2009
    Grenada, Ms
    They'll be fine. If the 5-day olds are on towels or such, and they've got a messy floor as of now, I'd give the newbies a clean floor to spread some feed on so they can get the fresh start they deserve.
    Last edited: Jul 7, 2011
  4. joe125

    joe125 Songster

    Sep 20, 2010
    If they are 5 day old coturnix or buttons, then I would say no. A 5 day old coturnix is like putting a newborn in the care of a 5th grader. You may get away with it in slower growing species, but a 5 day old coturnix is sprouting feathers for goodness sakes. You may get away with it no matter what, but I would invest in a second brooder setup....Just me I guess.

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