Integrating 3 sets of chicks with their very protective mammas

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by fzeet, May 12, 2011.

  1. fzeet

    fzeet New Egg

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    I have 3 sets of chicks (15 total), each a week apart from the next. The oldest set of chicks is a little more than 2 wks. They are all with separate mammas. When is a good age to integrate them without the mammas trying to kill each others' chicks?
     
  2. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner Chicken Obsessed

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    That is a hard one to answer. Each chicken is different. It is possible that one broody may try to harm the other's chicks, regardless of age. It is possible that one broody will fight the others so she can mother all the chicks, regardless of their age. It is possible they will all work together to raise all the chicks without any fighting. It is possible they will all stay with their own chicks and not bother the others.

    I cannot tell you what will happen with yours. There are risks, but there are no guarantees that anything really bad will happen. They may be fine.

    Not much help, I know, but there is no clear answer.
     
  3. fzeet

    fzeet New Egg

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    Thanks for your feedback. I am goint to wait until they are at least 8 weeks when I start setting them out to range
     

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