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I'm about to get my first chicks and I dont want to make a mistake

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Snow Rose, Mar 10, 2012.

  1. Snow Rose

    Snow Rose Hatching

    Feb 13, 2012
    So here's my dilemma:

    I live in San Francisco and am only allowed to have four chickens. Because of this fact, I have spent many hours researching what breeds I want to own. I found a local store that has three of the four chicks I would like to raise, but the fourth breed (Welsummer) is more difficult to find. I have found two breeders in the area that have Welsummers, but the hatch date of these breeders is two weeks after the other chicks I plan on getting. One of the breeders said this:

    And the other breeder said this:

    Quote: So, I guess I'd like to know if it's a bad idea to get a chick that is two weeks younger than the other three. Any advise is greatly appreciated.

  2. Judy

    Judy Crowing Premium Member

    Feb 5, 2009
    South Georgia
    On here it is usually considered safe to mix chicks of different ages, as long as they are all under 4 weeks.
  3. lclough1998

    lclough1998 Songster

    I mix chicks of different ages quite often. Not usually one chick but thats because I cant help myself. I would agree younger then 4 weeks old shouldnt be an issue. They just run around together, it should be ok.
  4. Lute

    Lute Songster

    Feb 25, 2012
    Albuquerque, NM

    My first six are just now 7 weeks.

    My new six are 2 weeks. Is that bad to mix the two after the newbies feather out?
  5. waterchicken

    waterchicken Chirping

    Oct 28, 2011
    i have also put diff aged chicks together -- never had a problem. [​IMG]
  6. Snow Rose

    Snow Rose Hatching

    Feb 13, 2012
    Thanks all!

    I am much more confident in mixing my chicks [​IMG]

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