Can you brood chicks of different ages together?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by JanetSmithery, Jun 19, 2010.

  1. JanetSmithery

    JanetSmithery In the Brooder

    May 11, 2010
    Eugene, OR
    For a myriad of reasons, my housemates and I chose to support local businesses and hatcheries when we decided to "go chicken," but we also wanted different breeds of chicken.

    We currently have a 2 week old Buff Orpington and a 2 week old Australorp, purchased from a new local store. Our cooperative hatchery called today telling us they have a 1 week old Dominique for us and a 3 week old Easter Egger. We need to pick them up tomorrow.

    1 week, 2 weeks, 3 week?! Can we keep all of these different ages in the same brooder safely? If we have to separate them, will any 'lone chicks' be okay? The two we have now seem pretty inseparable and get really agitated if we part them for even a few minutes.
  2. Cloverleaf Farm

    Cloverleaf Farm Bearded Birds are Best

    Sep 16, 2008
    Levan, UT
    Oh yeah, they'll be fine. [​IMG] Rule of thumb is if they are within 3 weeks of each other, they'll be fine.

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