Different Aged Chicks

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by lydiaholmes, Apr 17, 2017.

  1. lydiaholmes

    lydiaholmes In the Brooder

    Jul 2, 2016
    I'm slightly worried.
    I got two 1 week old barnevelder chicks recently. They're perfectly healthy and doing fine together in the brooder. My city allows a max of four hens per property, and I also want to get two ameraucana chicks in addition to the barnevelders. My problem is that the farm and garden center I get chicks from will get more ameraucanas on the 28th, which is in two weeks...I would be raising two 3 week old chicks with two 1 week old chicks. I'm really unsure about how that will work...I'm afraid the older chicks will be aggressive to the new ones. What should I do? Should I just find another source for ameraucana chicks that will have them sooner?

  2. redsoxs

    redsoxs Crowing

    Jul 17, 2011
    North Central Kansas
  3. They bigger ones will peck the little ones on the head a little, that's just to tell the little ones that they're the boss.
  4. lydiaholmes

    lydiaholmes In the Brooder

    Jul 2, 2016
    Introducing 1 week olds who know each other and have established the brooder as home to other new 1 week olds won't be a problem, will it?

  5. debid

    debid Crowing 7 Years

    Jan 20, 2011
    middle TN
    I've tossed littles together with up to 3 weeks of difference and no problems other than needing to provide the smallest with a booster at the water nipple. Now, a three weeker is pretty boisterous so I don't think you'd want to do this in a small container brooder but out in the coop, not a biggie at all.

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