Integrating chicks of different hatches

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by teadrinker, Apr 9, 2012.

  1. teadrinker

    teadrinker Hatching

    Apr 9, 2012
    In one week I'll be adopting two chicks, the week after there'll be two more, and the week after that there will be eight! It's funny, the way it worked out. They are different breeds, coming from different sources.
    So, I have TWO questions::
    1. Can I put all the chicks in the brooder together as they arrive? Or should I at least keep the youngest and oldest ones apart?? There will be a gap of two weeks between the first and last hatch, give or take a few days.
    2. If it is indeed ok to raise them all together in the same brooder, what do I do about the different temperature requirements of the different ages? Do I favour the youngest ones and keep it really warm, and will this be a prpblem for the older ones??

    I am totally new to chickens, so I appreciate very much your ideas, experience & wisdom :)

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