Introducing baby chickens to single older chick

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by albert7777, Dec 7, 2013.

  1. albert7777

    albert7777 Out Of The Brooder

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    I originally bought 2 chickens, straight run, but the gentler one sadly died. The more aggressive one is now on its own (i have a suspicion its a rooster) and I’m thinking of buying two more chickens to accompany it. I’m scared it will peck the new chickens to death though.

    The older chick is about 3-4 weeks old and I think the new ones are about a week old. What should I do?
     
  2. ChickensAreSweet

    ChickensAreSweet Heavenly Grains for Hens

    Wait two weeks and then integrate.

    Your three week olds will be much faster on their feet by then and ready for action and adventure!

    Of course quarantine is always recommended for a month or so if you are getting chickens from strangers but this is a personal decision.
     
  3. albert7777

    albert7777 Out Of The Brooder

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    Okay thanks. Is it OK if I separate the big coop into 2 so I allow the small chickens to see the bigger ones after quarantine?
     
  4. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

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    At that age difference I'd just put them all in together. I've had up to a 4 week age difference and no problems in the brooder.
     
  5. albert7777

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    Well I’ve split the coop in two, and now the big chicks down with what looks like mild cocci

    Bleurgh

    The small chicks are fine
     

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