Chicks added to brooder

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by OurFurryFriends, Feb 19, 2016.

  1. OurFurryFriends

    OurFurryFriends In the Brooder

    Dec 20, 2015
    Pioneer, CA
    The place that I want to get baby chicks from is not going to have one of the breeds I want to get. What's the ideal way to bring in babies from different sources and different ages. Is a couple of days ok, or is a week better to make sure there's nothing wrong with the first batch?
  2. sumi

    sumi Égalité Staff Member

    Jun 28, 2011
    Rep of Ireland

    A few days' difference in age would not matter when putting them together in the brooder, so I would order them a few days apart, or get them at the same time and brood them separately for a few days to make sure both groups are healthy and well.
  3. azygous

    azygous Free Ranging

    Dec 11, 2009
    Colorado Rockies
    During the first three weeks after hatching, chicks are pretty undiscriminating about new additions as long as they are near that general size and age.

    Don't be alarmed when they greet the newcomer with a peck on the head. It's a "chick thing" and doesn't mean they're going to beat up on the little guy.

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