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  1. frizzylizzy2003

    frizzylizzy2003 Chillin' With My Peeps

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  2. Michael OShay

    Michael OShay Chicken Obsessed

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    Welcome to BYC! Glad you decided to join our flock. As long as they are kept in a warm brooder, you can separate chicks from the mother hen as soon as they hatch. However, if this is a solo chick and if it's not inconvenient to keep it with the mother, I would do so as long as is possible. Chickens are gregarious and like company. If you do need to separate it from its mother, perhaps you can get some more chicks the same age to keep it company. Please feel free to ask any other questions you may have. We are here to help in any way we can. Good luck with your chick.
     
  3. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    I agree with Michael. When people order chicks from a hatchery they are sent at 1 -2 days old. They've hatched in huge incubators and have never seen their mother. If you provide a draft free brooder with warmth(heat lamp) feed and water they will do just fine. If you find yourself with a singleton you can keep him content with a stuffed animal to cuddle with and a mirror so he thinks he isn't alone. Then hunt around for another chick or two about the same age and size - so he can learn to be a social chick.
     
  4. frizzylizzy2003

    frizzylizzy2003 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    i already have 2 adult chickens so would they be aggressive to the chick(s) they are austra-whites
     
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  5. Yorkshire Coop

    Yorkshire Coop Moderator Staff Member

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    Hi :welcome

    Yes your adult chickens would be aggressive to the chick/chicks. To the point of maybe even killing them. One week old is far too young to introduce them too adult chickens. As Micheal and Drumstick said the chicks need to brooded somewhere warm draft fee and safe and preferably with others of the same age.

    Chicks shouldn't be added to adult chickens untill they are fully grown. Then should be introduced very slowly so the two sets can see each other but can't touch each other. This way they can become aquainted but not touch and cause injury.
     
  6. Michael OShay

    Michael OShay Chicken Obsessed

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    X2 on Yorkshire coop's answer to your question.
     
  7. Mountain Peeps

    Mountain Peeps Change is inevitable, like the seasons Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC! Please make yourself at home and we are here to help.
     
  8. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Overrun With Chickens

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    Welcome to BYC! [​IMG]We're glad to have you.
     
  9. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Show me the way old friend... Staff Member

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    Hello there and welcome to BYC! [​IMG]

    X3 on mixing chicks. They need to be at least 3 or 4 months of age before you can mix them into an adult flock. However you can get new chicks into the flock in a separate enclosure a couple months before mixing them in so that everybody gets to know everybody. Always add extra feed and water stations when adding new birds especially chicks as they can get starved out when the adult guard the food and water. Watch to make sure the chick or chicks fit in ok. It can take several months for chicks to fit into a flock.

    Good luck and welcome to our flock!
     
  10. BantamLover21

    BantamLover21 Overrun With Chickens

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    [​IMG] Glad you joined us!
     

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