I'm New To This!

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by LynnSimpson, Feb 4, 2015.

  1. LynnSimpson

    LynnSimpson New Egg

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    Hi All:

    We've just purchased 2 acres for our Alpacas and I want to have chickens. Recently, I went to a local breeder who will sell me
    12 Speckled Sussex chicks (they can't sex them). I may wind up with some roosters, which they will "process" for me.

    I have a question. I've also awaiting the arrival of 2 Ameraucana (Easter Eggers) hens. They have assured me that I will get girls.
    Can I put the two Easter Eggers in the incubator with the 12 Speckled Sussex as chicks?

    Lynn
     
  2. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Show me the way old friend... Staff Member

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    Hello there and welcome to BYC! [​IMG]

    Yes, you can mix chicks of different breeds in the same brooder. Just try to do this before either group is more than 2 weeks of age. It is best to mix them all in at the same time if you can. However after 2 weeks of age, the pecking order begins to establish. So up until 2 weeks, you can mix in other chicks at any time.

    Never mix chicks with adult birds until the chicks are at least 3 months of age.
     
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  3. Yorkshire Coop

    Yorkshire Coop Moderator Staff Member

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    Hi :welcome
    Glad you could join the flock! Great advice there for you from TwoCrows on mixing your chicks. Here is a nice section of the learnng centre with some great articles on raising chicks..... https://www.backyardchickens.com/a/hatching-eggs-and-raising-chicks

    Wishing you the very best of luck and enjoy your new babies, raising them is a very rewarding experience. With lots of fun along the way!

    Enjoy BYC :frow
     
  4. BantamLover21

    BantamLover21 Overrun With Chickens

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    [​IMG] I'm glad you joined us!

    It is fine to mix different breeds of chicks together. I wouldn't recommend mixing chicks that are more than 2 weeks apart in age, though, or the younger birds are likely to be picked on.

    Good luck with your future chickens!
     
  5. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Overrun With Chickens

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    Welcome to BYC![​IMG]

    You've received some good advice already. I've successfully mixed chicks that were about a week apart in age. As long as there isn't a huge size difference, they should be fine.[​IMG]
     
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  6. Mountain Peeps

    Mountain Peeps Change is inevitable, like the seasons Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC! Please make yourself at home and we are here to help.

    I also have mixed chicks before. Nothing went wrong.
     
  7. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    Welcome to the flock. Good luck with your new chicks.
     
  8. ChickyChickens

    ChickyChickens Chickening Around

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    Welcome to BYC!!! There are loads of members on here…so if you have ANY questions…just ASK!!!

    Hope you have loads of fun and all your answers answered here on BYC the BEST CHICKEN KEEPING FORUM on EARTH!!

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  9. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us!
     
  10. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 True BYC Addict Premium Member

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    Hello :frow and Welcome To BYC!
     

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