How do I introduce younger chicks with older chicks?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by TechyFarmer, Apr 22, 2009.

  1. TechyFarmer

    TechyFarmer Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 22, 2009
    Salem, OR
    I have some chicks that are 3 weeks old as of today. And I will be getting some more day old chicks on May 1st, the other chicks will then be a little over 4 weeks old at that time.

    What would be the best approach to introducing day old chicks with 4 week old chicks.. Should I wait for the Day old ones to get a few weeks older and then combine them, or wait until they are all adults?

  2. EngieKisses

    EngieKisses Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 10, 2008
    Collinsville, Oklahoma
    In order to introduce them wait until the younger ones are about the same size as the older ones at the same time. Then place the younger ones in an area where the older ones can see them and not hurt them for about a week. Then let the younger ones out watch for a bit, no blood no foul. The time it takes for the younger ones to catch up is about the same amount of time they would need to be quarentined anyhow. But make sure they are all about the same size or the smaller ones could get really hurt.
  3. Dawn419

    Dawn419 Lost in the Woods

    Apr 16, 2007
    Evening Shade, AR
    Hi and Welcome to BYC! [​IMG]

    Personally, I've had the best luck with introducing 2 different age groups when they are about the same size as one another. This gives the younger chicks atleast a chance to stand up for themselves.

    We even divided our main run so that I can place younger birds on one side, keeping them seperated from the older birds, but they still get a chance to get used to each other.

    For me, adding the younger birds to the older ones has worked better if I add them at night. There's still some picking/fighting but not too bad.

    Hope this is some help!

  4. TechyFarmer

    TechyFarmer Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 22, 2009
    Salem, OR
    Those were both very helpful posts. Thanks.

    I think I am going to put chicken wire in between the two slots in my horse trailer and put the young ones and one side and the older ones on the other side so they can see each other. (Since I haven't built my coop yet)

    Again, Thanks!
  5. farrier!

    farrier! Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 28, 2009
    Southern Illinois

    Oh no!!!!! I did not need to read that..... Now my 16' by 7' trailer is doomed. [​IMG] (my 30 chicks are late in the mail and 20 eggs in incubator)

  6. Sylvie72

    Sylvie72 Out Of The Brooder

    I put my day old's that I got yesterday in the coop with my two week old chicks and supervised them and at first the older ones were scared but after a few minutes they all mingled together, one of my two week old hen chick is "acting like a grown up mama" and stays with them, sleeps beside them and so on.... the little ones follow the older ones and no pecking is done. It went pretty well... I was worried at first being a first time mom to chicks.

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