Introducing 2 week old chicks to Other 2 Week old chick

Sedy75

In the Brooder
May 7, 2015
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Hello I have 2 - two week old chicks, Light Braham and Easter Egg, and tomorrow I am getting another 2 week old chick Red Star from my son's school. Any advise on how to introduce them?
These are my first ever chicks so any advise would be welcome.
 

lazy gardener

Crossing the Road
7 Years
Nov 7, 2012
27,615
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CENTRAL MAINE zone 4B
The sooner you get them together, the better. But you need to take the needs of they youngster in consideration. It's really too bad you couldn't get 2, as it would be easier to indroduce 2 than to introduce 1. Any option for picking up an other? Is your brooder set up to provide the heat needed by the newbie? An excellent way to meet needs of all would be a heating pad. You might want to read Blooie's excellent thread on the subject. Keep a wire divider between the babies for the first day or two, and then, you can introduce them together for short periods when you can supervise. Don't leave them alone together, until you are assured that the baby won't get trampled or bullied. Again, IMO, a heating pad brooder will cut way down on that likelihood.
 

Sedy75

In the Brooder
May 7, 2015
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Thank you for your advise. I will get the heat pad out for the new one. I would get 2 but the city I live in only allows three chicks. The new one is the same age and size so I'm only really worried about the other two picking on him.
 

lazy gardener

Crossing the Road
7 Years
Nov 7, 2012
27,615
27,002
917
CENTRAL MAINE zone 4B
If you use an existing heating pad, be sure it does not have an auto off feature, and be sure it has variable adjustment that would be appropriate for a chick. Those with low/med/high settings may not provide the correct temp. Please read that thread before setting up a heating pad. I wish you the best.
 

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