First timer-chicks arriving at different times

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by tarragon, Mar 4, 2011.

  1. tarragon

    tarragon Chirping

    Mar 3, 2011
    Bothell, WA
    Hello everyone, and thanks for all the welcomes over on my introduction post! My first question: I am getting 2 breeds of chicks, Rhode Island Reds and Barred Rocks, 2 of each. Problem is, my feed store is getting them in 3 weeks apart. Is this going to be a problem? Will I be able to put the RIR's in with 3 week old Barred Rocks?
  2. Cynthia12

    Cynthia12 Always Grateful

    Apr 11, 2010
    Quote:My guess is that it would be a problem. They are pretty small compared to a three week old.
  3. Momto3

    Momto3 Chirping

    Mar 1, 2011
    Northern Idaho
    Yah I think it wouldnt be a good idea also. That is one reason I called the 2 stores we have that get chicks and picked from the breeds they are getting on April 1st. Thankfully I am getting everything I wanted. I know that isnt always possible for everyone. Good luck.
  4. astrofunk

    astrofunk Hatching

    Nov 21, 2010
    We got two pairs of chicks one week apart (a barred rock and a rhode island red, followed a week later by two americaunas). Feedback from the feed store was a cautious, "...that'll probably work."

    Indeed, we had no problems. But the size / development difference even at a week is pretty impressive. My guess is three weeks is too much.
  5. tarragon

    tarragon Chirping

    Mar 3, 2011
    Bothell, WA
    Thanks for the input. I called around yesterday and found another store that has both right now. Of course my brooder isn't ready yet, so hopefully when it is they still have some! I appreciate the answers, so now I know not to risk it.
  6. Chick_In_The_Burbs

    Chick_In_The_Burbs Songster

    Jun 26, 2010
    Western Washington
    I mixed one week olds with new chicks and after some introductory chaos all was well (feed store had one order but the hatchery shipped one set of breeds that arrived on Monday and the second set arrived Friday). But I'm glad you found a place where you could pick up both at the same time. I think any more than a week of difference and I'd have had some serious problems.

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