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How few chicks can I buy?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by antrimfarm, Apr 19, 2012.

  1. antrimfarm

    antrimfarm Out Of The Brooder

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    I lost two chickens last night (6 weeks old) and I am probably going to replace them. However, we are limited on space, so I can only buy 2 or 3 chicks. Is that enough? Do you need to buy more at a time then that? WIll they do OK with only a couple of them?

    Also, at what point is it safe to integrate younger chicks with older chicks? I am SO new at this so I have no idea.

    Help, please?[​IMG]
     
  2. Chemguy

    Chemguy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If you buy online, some hatcheries have a 3 chick minimum. I think that MyPetChicken is one of these.

    To integrate, allow the chicks a separate area that allows for the entire flock to see each other. You'll have to pay attention to see how they all react before making the decision to allow them to mingle. Likely a few days to a few weeks. Be prepared for squabbles and smackdowns, though this might not happen.
     
  3. MuranoFarms

    MuranoFarms Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Depends where you buy, so I don't know if you can.......but if your asking if it's a good idea to only raise 3 chicks then the answer is yes, go right ahead. I wouldn't go with 2, only because if one dies then the last one will be lonely and cry. A LOT! lol

    Wait to integrate young chicks with older chicks until they are roughly the same size.

    Good luck!
     
  4. antrimfarm

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    Well....I ended up with 4 more chicks this morning. I couldn't stop myself. Besides, my husband is working on a bigger coop anyway..

    Got two Golden Comets, A Golden Lace Wyanotte and a White Rock. SO CUTE.
     
  5. PeepsAreForMe

    PeepsAreForMe Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I see you are familiar with chicken math then!! I got my 5 at Agway and their minimum is 6 - I originally only wanted 2!! And of course now I want more. They put a minimum amount on them because people buy one for a child then the child gets tired of it. Although I don't see how that could EVER happen!!! Can you post pics of your babies? I would love to see them, as I'm sure everyone else is too!
     
  6. Cluky

    Cluky Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Heard that three total should be ok.
     
  7. antrimfarm

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    This is the only picture so far...but MAN they are sweet! The best part is that they are only a week or so younger than the RIR's we already had. So they can go outside very soon!! No more pine dust all over my sewing machine![​IMG]

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  8. PeepsAreForMe

    PeepsAreForMe Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Oh they are beautiful! Thanks for sharing. Mine are 2.5 wks and I am really tired of changing their water a zillion times a day!!
     
  9. antrimfarm

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    Thanks! And boy do I know what you mean about the water! We had a duckling with our first batch of chickens and she made a HUGE MESS with the water. I do miss the little fluffy stage, but not all the stinky poo in the box and the work!
     

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