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keeping different breeds together

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by msbenton1112, May 14, 2016.

  1. msbenton1112

    msbenton1112 Out Of The Brooder

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    Just wondering if it is in to keep 3 autrolorp pullets, 2 delaware pullets, 1 Delaware roo, 2 partridge brahmas can't sex yet and 2 guinea hens together. Thought I got all pullets but so far one male. These are my first chicks they are all about 5 weeks old and are very friendly. I have 3 separate coops and was wondering when I put them out if I should separate them?
     
  2. junebuggena

    junebuggena Overrun With Chickens

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    Yes, you can keep them all together, if you have a coop big enough for all. And partridge Brahmas are fairly easy to ses by 5 weeks. Just look at the chest feathers. Black chest feathers is a sure sign of a cockerel.
    Your main issue, if you keep your boy is that you don't have enough females for him. A general guideline is about 8 to 10 hens per rooster. Some need more than that, and some a fine with fewer. But rooster 'damage' on the hens is a real problem when you only have 6 or 7 hens.
    Why 3 separate coops? And what are the dimensions?
     
  3. msbenton1112

    msbenton1112 Out Of The Brooder

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    We moved in to my brothers old farm house an he had 3 separate buildings for Turkeys, ducks, and chickens. I'm so happy to use them now. The rooster is so friendly as of now, but I don't want him to potentially damage my girls. My one Brahma is getting feathers on the chest but the other is really behind and they were from same batch. The little ones Wings are so tiny and not filling out.
     
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    junebuggena Overrun With Chickens

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    To help get those slower to feather ones to catch up, you may need to add another feeder to your brooder, and keep them a bit cooler.
     
  5. msbenton1112

    msbenton1112 Out Of The Brooder

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    Thank you [​IMG] this website has been so helpful.
     

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