Keep them separated?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Buckhowdy, Oct 10, 2014.

  1. Buckhowdy

    Buckhowdy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have eight 10 day old Rhode Island Reds and ten 3 day old Barred Rocks. My brooder is 2 feet by 4 feet. I've got them separated with 1/2 inch hardware cloth dividing the brooder into two compartments. Is this necessary for chicks? When can I pull out the divider? The 3 day old Barred Rocks are really going to town in there scratching up a storm (they crack me up). They make the Reds seem pretty sedate!
     
  2. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

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    I've had fine luck combining birds of these ages. It's so much easier to do it when they're younger, before they start worrying bout who is the boss of who. I say pull the divider and let them mingle. Your brooder is plenty large enough for now.
     
  3. Buckhowdy

    Buckhowdy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks for the tip. I pulled the divider. The gang of eight red chicks rushed the gang of ten black bard rocks. But they were bluffing. Nothing happened, just the normal stuff. I looked in later and some were sleeping together and some where eating together. Peace broke out in the brooder! No problems so far. I seems that the red chicks prefer to eat from the feeder on what was the black chicks side though.
     
  4. abgraves69

    abgraves69 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Your post title reminds me of the Offspring song. Lol
     
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  5. cafarmgirl

    cafarmgirl Overrun With Chickens

    18 chicks in only 8 square feet are going to grow out of their space really, really fast. I'd be working on a bigger brooder asap so things don't become un-peacefull between the age groups lol!
     
  6. chickengeorgeto

    chickengeorgeto Overrun With Chickens

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  7. nayeli

    nayeli Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We had some day olds with over a week olds for a short period and it was fine.. but the youngsters outnumbered the older chicks by over 4 to 1. I don't like combining birds unless they are similar size.
     
  8. Buckhowdy

    Buckhowdy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    This is my first flock. I didn't know they would grow so fast. Okay I've heard 4 square feet per bird in the coop, and 10 square feet per bird in the run but I haven't heard of a figure for birds in the brooder. How much space for a bird on the last day in the brooder (largest chicks in a brooder)? I don't know how big the brooder should be but I was thinking the next one would use one 4X8 sheet of plywood for the floor with 2 foot high walls. Is there a specification for brooder space?
     
  9. Buckhowdy

    Buckhowdy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Found this in the brooder pic thread. "I think we need a bigger boat".
     

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