Is it safe puting newly hatched chicks in with 1 week olds?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by longranger, Oct 15, 2009.

  1. longranger

    longranger Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Topic says it all. Have about 5 eggs that are pipped and will likely be ready for the brooder tomorrow. Can I put these new chicks with babies that are 1 week old today or will they pick on the new guys too much? Plenty of room in the brooder. Otherwise will have to set up a second one. Double the cleaning etc..
     
  2. silkypie

    silkypie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I read somewhere on here that you shouldn't but I did [​IMG]

    The new babies cuddle up with the older chick and they all sit together.
     
  3. thecochincoop

    thecochincoop Chillin' With My Peeps

    I have done it before. Depends on how many and temperment. Just keep a CLOSE eye on them and if they start picking on them- separate! Make sure the new guys are COMPLETELY dry first as the others will pick on wet chicks. Good Luck [​IMG]
     
  4. SilverStar

    SilverStar Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I just put some 2 1/2 week old baby chicks with some 3 day old baby chicks and they are doing just fine together. I have done this in the past before and have never had an issue. Thats just my personal experience. [​IMG] You could put them together and monitor them for a bit.
     
  5. Sjisty

    Sjisty Scribe of Brahmalot

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    I hope so - I put my three new guys in with 8 day-olds this morning. They seem to be doing fine.
     
  6. longranger

    longranger Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks for the advice. I will closely monitor them the first day or two. I think chicks like lots of warm bodies to cuddle with anyway.
     
  7. Jarhead

    Jarhead Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I do it all the time, never had an issue from it.
     
  8. Fluffy-Butt-Farms

    Fluffy-Butt-Farms Chillin' With My Peeps

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    wow, i was gonna ask almost the same thing.

    i have 11 ee chicks that are 3 days old, and when i put the 5 1 day olds in with them, they fluffed out their wings and went flying at the new ones. i'm guessing then that the ee's are just territorial?

    my friend is hatching out the other 1/2 of the 5 that i hatched, so i guess i'll try to incorporate into the ones i hatched out yesterday. maybe lt brahma's and barreds wont be quite as mean.
     

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