How should I separate my chicks??

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Sienatiger, Aug 10, 2016.

  1. Sienatiger

    Sienatiger Chillin' With My Peeps

    180
    4
    61
    Aug 7, 2014
    With the girls!
    Hi everyone! I recently got another coop. My first coop can hold max 10 and the second can hold a max of 4. I have 12 chicks right now, and I am planning on separating them. I was wondering is anyone has any thoughts on how to separate them. I was thinking of separating them either by breed, personality, or egg laying. I have all different breeds: 2 EEs, 1 Brahma, 1 GLW, 1 faverolle, 4 polish, 1 German spitz, 1 welsummer, and 1 Golden buff. I was first thinking of separating the crested from the non cresteds. Then I was thinking to keep the shyer chicks in the smaller coop so that I could socialize them more easily. Then, I played with the Idea of separating them by egg color (light brown and white in the big coop, and blue and dark brown in the small).

    Any thoughts?
     
  2. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Lots of Chickens Premium Member

    16,637
    4,300
    456
    Jul 16, 2015
    central Wisconsin
    Separate out the polish, they will be a prime target for pecking by the other birds, especially if your set ups are smaller.
     
  3. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

    31,452
    3,531
    538
    Jun 18, 2010
    Southern Oregon
    This.
     
    1 person likes this.
  4. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

    33,743
    6,870
    576
    Nov 27, 2012
    SW Michigan
    My Coop
    Wonders what your population numbers mean in feet by feet?
    Do both coops have runs attached?

    Separating the crested from the non cresteds is a very good idea.
     

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by