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Different Aged Chicks

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

  1. lydiaholmes

    lydiaholmes Out Of The Brooder

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    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 Chicken Obsessed

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  3. Poultry parent

    Poultry parent Chillin' With My Peeps

    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 Out Of The Brooder

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    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 Overrun With Chickens

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    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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