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Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by columbiacritter, Apr 23, 2009.

  1. columbiacritter

    columbiacritter Songster

    Jun 7, 2008
    Scappoose Oregon
    The survivors from todays shipment will be 3 wks old, not near old enough to go outisde, when the replacements for the lost get here. I'm going to have to build a second brooder. Ah nuts.

    The replacement chicks won't cost me anymore, but the extra lights, feeders, etc. will. [​IMG] I'm going to wait a couple weeks before I start making the new set up, so my husband won't blow his top. He's already mad that all the chicks he wanted died.

  2. Kezzie

    Kezzie Songster

    Feb 15, 2009
    Coastal Georgia
    You may be able to put them in the same brooder. I got three shipments a week apart (for the same reasons as you) and they have all lived happily together. I think someone in here said that a three week difference is fine.
  3. chickensioux

    chickensioux Songster

    Feb 12, 2009
    Western North Carolina
    I put my 2 different batches together ( about the same age difference as yours) and the new ones tried endlessly to get under the bigger chicks for warmth in spite of the fact that I had a brooder light and they were in my house, not outside. The larger ones relentlessly pecked their heads. I had to immediately remove the smaller babies.
    I know some people have mixed their babies with success so I guess my point is give it a shot but just watch and see to be sure the older ones don't hurt the newer ones. Good luck to you and those babies.
  4. columbiacritter

    columbiacritter Songster

    Jun 7, 2008
    Scappoose Oregon
    Oh good, I can at least try. I'll have an emergency box set up if I need to separate them. My brooder is 5 ft long and 2 1/2 feet wide. I can separate the littles to start with. maybe with wire to get them used to each other.
  5. farmin'chick

    farmin'chick Songster

    Apr 13, 2009
    Rocky Mount VA
    There's a great thread somewhere on this site, I believe, that shows how a chick keeper used a piece of plywood, cut out the center and covered it with hardware cloth, and made "subdivision" in their brooder -- dividing it in half -- so that their babies that were being picked on could have a chance to breathe -- maybe you can search it or someone else will know which thread it's on.

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