How many ages can I keep together?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by SarahIrl, May 11, 2010.

  1. SarahIrl

    SarahIrl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have a purpose built shed 6 foot by 6 foot for my impending arrivals (due next week to hatch), can I put in new eggs straight away and transfer the chicks in again when they hatch? Is three weeks too much difference in age for the same coop? I can hang two heat lamps, and keep little chicks away from the bigger ones but want to avoid that if possible. I plan to let the chicks have the run of the shed by two weeks old anyway. So, they'll be five weeks and two weeks. The brooder I have is only three and a half feet by one and a half. And at what age can I let them outside for a couple of hours when it's dry and warm?
     
  2. SarahIrl

    SarahIrl Chillin' With My Peeps

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  3. arabianequine

    arabianequine Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 4, 2010
    Quote:I put mine out a four weeks so I think pretty much they can stay out when all their feathers are in which is about four weeks.

    I don't think I would mix them at those ages....I have seen at the feed store the chicks looked the same age and having a feast of the blood on each others back pecking away....they needed to do something about it....but just imagine the damage that could happen in the difference of three weeks.
     

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