Chicks of Different Ages Brooding Together?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by FlyAnywayAJ, Apr 1, 2018.

  1. FlyAnywayAJ

    FlyAnywayAJ Chirping

    Aug 5, 2017
    Hey Folks
    Due to an unfortunately temperature fluctuation we ended up with a sole chick from a hatch who is now 4 days old and healthy. I know chicks are not happy alone so I am anxiously awaiting the hatching of my second batch of chicks (due to hatch tomorrow). I am wondering how to best add the "just hatched" chicks to the 5(ish) day old "Solo" (as an aside all our chickens are named with Star Wars themed names lol). I am worried about Solo as he (or she) is solo which is not the best environment for him. However I am also concerned the newborns will be crushed or injured (or even killed) by the slightly bigger chick.
    Does anyone have experience with this? Suggestions? They will be brooded in my livingroom as it's still snowing here.
    FYI Solo is an EE and the newborns will be BCMs
  2. Alaskan

    Alaskan The Frosted Flake

    I have not had issues with brooding chicks that are a week or less apart in age.

    1 to 2 week age difference is possible, but you need to watch closely when you first put them together.

    BCMs are pretty mellow and shouldn't give you too much trouble up to 2 weeks.

    If you were adding a single newly hatched chick to 6 or more older chicks.... totally different thing.
    oregonkat and lazy gardener like this.
  3. lazy gardener

    lazy gardener Crossing the Road

    Nov 7, 2012
    I've done up to 3 weeks with special handling.
  4. Goose girl1

    Goose girl1 Chirping

    Nov 1, 2017
    Canberra, Australia.
    at first there might be a bit of pecking order but they should be fine
  5. FlyAnywayAJ

    FlyAnywayAJ Chirping

    Aug 5, 2017
    Thanks everyone for your responses! I am very excited for my new additions

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