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Different aged chicks

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Sniff, Apr 2, 2016.

  1. Sniff

    Sniff New Egg

    Apr 2, 2016
    Can you keep a 4 week old chick with younger chicks, say 0-3 weeks old? Maybe I could use a brooder that's big enough so the 4 week old can get far away enough from the heat lamp? Or, are there other complications that can't be solved?
  2. Jensownzoo

    Jensownzoo Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 7, 2016
    Saint Louis, MO
    The older chick will be significantly larger and may pick on the smaller chicks, sometimes to death. It can work, but generally has the most success with a very large brooder with a lot of other things to keep the chicks entertained.
  3. Sniff

    Sniff New Egg

    Apr 2, 2016
    How many square metres (or feet) is a "very large" brooder?
  4. Hufflefluff

    Hufflefluff Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 28, 2015
    It sounds like there's only one four week old- is this accurate? And I've heard you can mix chicks with fewer difficulties if they're within 3 weeks of the same age
    I asked if it was a single chick because that makes it a touch easier. We raised a single chick, Calliopeep, alone until she was six weeks. Then we ended up getting just one more chick, Sesame. We let them spend a night where they could see and hear each other but not interact. The next morning, we wanted to see if they could meet. We watched closely, but they got along without a hitch. Callie appreciates the company, and Sesame thinks of her as almost her mom. The size difference is so extreme that it's adorable to see them together. Anyway, that probably won't work for you, but single chicks seem to inter grate better with younger chicks.
    (Here's a poor quality picture of Callie and Sesame :))

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