Help! Surprise brood!

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by bolophonic, Apr 9, 2017.

  1. bolophonic

    bolophonic New Egg

    Apr 9, 2017
    Hi, we hatched a brood of 20 barnyard chicks about 10 days ago and they have been doing fine in their brooder under a lamp.

    This morning, I was letting the hens out of the coop when 7 or 8 brand new chicks wobbled out from underneath the coop. I'm not quite set up for two brooder pens, but is that what I need? Can these chicks go in with the older ones, or is that going to end badly?
  2. PD-Riverman

    PD-Riverman Overrun With Chickens

    Jan 14, 2012
    Conway SC
    These 7 or 8 that wobbled out---do they have a Mother?? If so why not let her take care of them?? I would not mix 1 day old chicks with 10 day old chicks----because of the size difference and the 1 day old might get smothered. Now when the new ones get a couple weeks old I would try mixing them with the 10 day older ones and I usually have no problem with that. But again---I always let Mother hen take care of them if possible.

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