From brooder to coop, too big of an age difference

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by EvansMeXo, Jun 23, 2017.

  1. EvansMeXo

    EvansMeXo Songster

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    So, it's my first time with chickens. I started off with 6 chicks, 3 EE 3 silkies, I didn't but like the silkies and rehomed and 2 EE were definite roosters so they went too. So I replaced them with new chicks and so went the cycle until I wound up in this predicament. My oldest is 7 weeks and ready to move to the coop when it's completed this weekend, and my youngest is 4 days. The rest are inbetween.. so I'm not sure what to do... move the fully feathered/almost fully feathered this weekend and leave the rest in the brooder and try to acquaint them again in a few weeks?? Make the big one stay in the brooder for a few more weeks?? Move them all together?? (No heat in the coop but it's starting to be pretty warm over nights) I need advice! Pic of the oldest and youngest two, there's such a difference lol, I have basically a full grown chick and two fresh babies and don't know what to do to keep everyone happy and friends
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  2. RonC

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    Depends on what you call warm. The oldest is ready for the coop but I wouldn't put it in there alone. The smallest ones won't be ready for at least a month. Are the partially feather ones still using a supplimental heat source? Might have to split the group for a while and have some heat in both locations for the ones that need it.
     
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  3. Frazzemrat1

    Frazzemrat1 Free Ranging

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    Are you sure these are EE? My baby EE started off with off white, ashy legs that are now dark gray at just about 3 weeks...
     
  4. EvansMeXo

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    That's what I was thinking.. I've had the heat lamp off until I got the babies so I *think* the others will be okay, their 4ish weeks
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    These are the others, the only one I think will stay in with the babies is the last one, he's only just over 2 weeks.. I was hoping to keep them all together.. will it be hard to reintroduce?

    Yup! I'm positive, the brown one has the puffy cheeks and comes from a green egg layer. The other too have a green egg laying EE mother crossed with a blue gened rooster.. my older one has the pea comb too
     
  5. RonC

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    They are good at huddling together when sleeping to keep warm. Mine were three weeks, almost month old when they moved to the coop with a heat lamp in one corner. They had been brooded outdoors and really didn't use the lamp but a night or two when the temps would drop.
     
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  6. EvansMeXo

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    Right now on cold nights it's 60F (15C) but everyday it's getting warmer so I'm hoping I'll be able to put them all in it together sooner rather than later.. I don't want them to go too long without seeing eachother and have them bully the littles when I add them, right now their all getting along great
     

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