Introducing chicks to chicks

EvansMeXo

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May 20, 2017
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So I bought 6 chicks from the same person they were all in the same brooder, 3 silkies 3 EE. Then I sold 4 today and only kept one of each, their 2&3 weeks old (I decided to get a bigger variety). So tomorrow I'm picking up three 3 week old black copper maran chicks. Monday a lady is hatching cream crested Legbars so I'll be getting two females as day olds. And I'm still trying to find one more breed.. how do I go about introducing them to eachother?? Since their so young can I just drop them all in together or should I keep the day olds separate until they get bigger?? Any advice is appreciated, I only have a weeks experience with them lol. Pic is of my current two sooks
 

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Poultrybreeder

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The best thing to do is put them all in the same cage together while they are young, the older they get, the more aggressive they will be to strange chickens. They might argue a little at first, but after the first 2-3 days they should be fine with each other. If they do argue, you may stop their arguing, but don't separate them for a long time, because when they get back together, it will just start up again.
 

EvansMeXo

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May 20, 2017
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Ok thank you! That's what i thought but since the oldest will be close to 4 weeks when I get the day olds I wasn't sure if they would bully them
 

MigraineMan

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You might make a chicken-wire or upside-down cardboard box run-in shelter where the small chicks can hide from the bigger ones, but they can all still see each other. We had a wire partition in our brooder which allowed the chicks to get acquainted before we gave them full access to each other. There was a day of minor turmoil when we removed the partition, but they sorted it out pretty quickly. They're one big happy family now.
 

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