Integrating babies - which matters more? size or maturity?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by featherz, Sep 9, 2010.

  1. featherz

    featherz Veggie Chick

    Mar 22, 2010
    Saratoga County, NY
    I hatched out silkies almost three weeks ago and they are just getting to large fowl 'chick' size - most aren't even as big as day old LF chicks, although a few are close.

    I'm (hopefully) doing a hatch of standard large fowl in another week. Assuming the silkies and the LF chicks are about the same size, which I think would happen when the LF chicks are a week or two old, would integrating them cause problems due to the month's head start of maturity in the silkie chicks?

    Or is it just size that matters? <evil grin>.
  2. lynxs1981

    lynxs1981 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 8, 2010
    Pretty much just size.
  3. Jx2inNC

    Jx2inNC Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 30, 2010
    Caraway, NC
    When separating 2 groups of younger chickens (6 weeks or so & 10 weeks or so) from the larger chickens, they ended up getting out into the coop.
    Now, I just leave part of the hardware mesh pulled open a bit so the smaller birds can slip in and out to safety when they want.
    So far, it has worked out awesome. From the smallest chicken to the biggest chicken in my coop, there is a HUGE difference.
    But the small birds are fast and can run to cover. The big birds don't even seem to worry with the little guys.
    I think it is more so the medium-sized birds when they begin becoming "mature". Then the pecking and pulling feathers starts up a bit.

    Take that for what it is worth, I suppose.

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