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can my 7 week old take care of new baby chicks

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by pax12, Jul 17, 2008.

  1. pax12

    pax12 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    can my 7 week old take care of new baby chicks
     
  2. lovemychicks9

    lovemychicks9 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    [​IMG] I don't know as I would trust them to not hurt them, I know what my 5 week olds did to my 2 week olds when they met. I watched them exclusively for about 5 hours each day for 2 days to make sure the bullying would not be to bad. I did seperate them at night the first 2 days. There was a lot of evil stares and pecking on them the first couple days and I was right there to mediate when it got a little too intense and they did work it out real quick, but 7 weeks is big age difference and size difference. I would be very careful about mixing them as I know how hard a 7 week old can peck and if there is alot of them it might perhaps be deadly as the tiny ones do not know what to do . Perhaps can you put up a wall between them so they can see each other but not get to each other for awhile? I would try to keep them seperate for a while if it is posible. [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
     
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  3. Hangin Wit My Peeps

    Hangin Wit My Peeps AutumnBreezeChickens.com

    Yes I agree with Lovemychicks...I wouldn't do it quite yet. That is a big difference...they may think the little ones are a frog and eat um! :mad: When I put my 2 day olds in with my week old ones there was very little arguing going on and the 2 day old ones tried snuggling up to the week old ones and try wiggling their little heads under their wings! So cute!
     
  4. robinaggie

    robinaggie Flew the Coop

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    I have been letting my 7-week old and 1-week olds hang out together in the backyard for about an hour a day with intense supervision for the last four days. Yesterday I was so happy to see them merge into a single group of bug-eaters. Crumb let the littler chicks hide under her, and she shared grazing space. She looked just like a little mommy. HOWEVER, Crumb has been getting to know the chicks through the brooder since they were hatched, so that might make a difference.
     
  5. Hangin Wit My Peeps

    Hangin Wit My Peeps AutumnBreezeChickens.com

    OH ya that does make a big difference...thats great tho Robin! I hope mine get along! I have to introduce here in less then a week :mad:
     

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