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Introducing Chicks to Chicks?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by blriehl, Mar 14, 2013.

  1. blriehl

    blriehl Chirping

    Mar 9, 2013
    Central PA
    I got an assortment of 9 bantam chicks, 1 Cochin, 2 Polish, 3 Old English Game, and 3 Silkies. I am a first time chicken owner and my husband grew up with them. He told me originally to get more than 12, because he just knew I'd like to have a bigger flock...and considering that most likely all wont be hens. Well I told him I'd be content with 9 and we will see :)
    Well of course he's right...Now that I have 9 I want another 6! The chicks are now 2 weeks old and I was hoping to get another 6 in a week or so... Is that possible to introduce them at those ages? Our brooder is larger, but I don't want the new babies to get picked on. What's my best solution?

  2. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

    May 3, 2009
    New Jersey
    I would recommend sectioning the brooder with a wire divider. Allow the new chicks to get about 2 weeks old prior to removing the divider. At that point there may be some scuffling, but they should be big enough to hold their own.

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