Combining pullets

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by ourcozycoop, Dec 7, 2018.

  1. ourcozycoop

    ourcozycoop Chirping

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    Quick question

    Can you combine chicks of different stages.

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    28 day old chicks with 1 week old chicks? Given there is plenty room in the brooder?
     
  2. pwiker

    pwiker Chirping

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    I would not do that to young chicks. They do not have enough experience to avoid being killed. At the very least, separate or divide the brooder. 4 weeks won't be a big issue once they are 12 weeks old.

    The 28 day chicks should be ready to move to a big house now.
     
  3. Butterscotchbitesfinger

    Butterscotchbitesfinger Crowing

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    Agree with above
     
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  4. rosemarythyme

    rosemarythyme Crowing

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    Agree with above as well. Definitely have a divider between them and keep an eye on how they interact with one another. Or the older chicks can possibly be put out in the coop now, depending on your climate.
     
  5. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler!

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    3 week age gap might work fine.....or be disastrous.
    I've had it go both ways.
    Split the brooder with wire fencing, try some mixing and matching.
    Just how big is the brooder, in feet by feet?
    Pics would help here.
     
  6. ourcozycoop

    ourcozycoop Chirping

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    This was just a question for future reference. I only have day olds right now (3 of them) My husband wanted to incubate more eggs so I was curious as to if they would eventually be able to go with the month olds....no eggs are in the incubator currently. I was just thinking if I could introduce two batches prior to bringing them to the flock they’d fair better then 3 bantams being introduced on their own. All of our chicks have been hen hatched up until now.

    Really? Introduce to flock at 4 weeks? I’ll probably wait until they are at least 6 weeks...again I’ve never done this before. So ‍♀️
     
  7. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler!

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    It would.
    It could work for you, need to get brooder set up with separate areas...just in case.

    If you get your coop set up for it, it's the easiest IME.
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/articles/integrating-new-birds-at-4-weeks-old.72603/
     
  8. pwiker

    pwiker Chirping

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    A good guide is to make sure that the flocks that you are combining are within 30% or so of each other's size.
     
  9. rosemarythyme

    rosemarythyme Crowing

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    Aart's article is a good read. My setup is slightly different (I brooded in run) but same principle, being that chicks are kept separate but in view of adults, then chicks are gradually allowed more access to where adults are but with safe zones and plenty of obstacles so they can get away if needed at any point. In my case I started letting the chicks mix with adults at 2 1/2 weeks, they were in the coop and roosting with adults at 5 1/2 weeks.
     
  10. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler!

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    You have an article too, right...link it here maybe
    @blackdog043 has a good setup too.
    Both of yours are simpler than mine...I should link your articles in mine.
     

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