If we get new chicks we should isolate?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Momagain1, Mar 2, 2011.

  1. Momagain1

    Momagain1 Songster

    Feb 13, 2011
    Central IL

    I was hoping to get a white layer today at TSC; they get theirs from Mt Healthy in OH.

    I have 9 day old chicks today already...

    however; should I just wait longer??? I only have this brooder that I have in the house...
    its not warm enough YET to put them in the large-large brooder in the garage, even
    with a heat lamp and portable heater the days are only getting up to 48ish..occasionally a 50..
    nights are back down to 30's..frost yesterday when I took kids to school it was 32..

    it'll be several more weeks until the days are in upper 50's and nights are in 40's or so..hoping!

    So, should I wait until these others are out in the garage brooder; then bring in more?
    but then I have chicks and like 4 wks olds..to introduce right?

    whats your opinion?
  2. chrisarvor

    chrisarvor Songster

    Feb 7, 2010
    personally i just keep adding the new chicks to the brooder and take out the older chicks when they start to feather up
    then put them in another brooder with a lower temperature
    I like to keep the older one in as they do show the other how to drink etc
    Just watch them as i have found some species start to toe peck the little ones
  3. Momagain1

    Momagain1 Songster

    Feb 13, 2011
    Central IL
    Right; but I thought I read that we should keep isolated due to possible diseases/illnesses etc..

    I'll look into it more tho! Thanks!!
  4. ChickensAreSweet

    ChickensAreSweet Heavenly Grains for Hens

    I don't know about others, but I never isolate for feed store and hatchery chicks.

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