Lost a chick today, if i get another will they get along??? :/ Hellppp!!!!

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by AlicesSilkies, Jun 5, 2012.

  1. Hi byc gang,
    I lost a 2month old silkie to the neighbours cat (worst thing in my entire life!!)[​IMG] I really want to get another one to replace it, but will my other chickens bully it??
    I have 5 other chickens all 12 weeks old
    1.lavender pekin
    2.silkie
    3.polish
    4.slw
    5.glw
    The polish is the boss, but they are all super friendly [​IMG]
    help asap please...thankyouuu
     
  2. Imthgirl

    Imthgirl Hatching

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    So sorry about the loss your chick! That really stinks. I lost 3 of mine and it was devasting. I will tell you though, that I did introduce 5 more (they were 6 weeks old) to one chick (she was 2 months old) that survived and then I just got another chick (2 months old) last Friday. I took my time introducing the newest one since the other ones were so comfortable with eachother and had been around eachother for a couple weeks. I got her Friday and put her in the coop Sunday afternoon. I will say, she is the outcast but they are not being mean to her. So you should be fine...I think the only concern when you introduce a new chick to your flock is that the new chick might get the old chicks sick.....so I just made sure that she was medicated chick starter.

    I hope this helps you out!
     
  3. Oh thanks thats fantastic!!! Youve helped me loads, sorry about your 3 chicks too [​IMG]
    Do you think then maybe i should get 2 new chicks so they can be outsiders together??
     
  4. Imthgirl

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    Glad I could help, and if I would have done it differently, I would have gotten two news ones!!!!! The more the merrier!!! [​IMG]
     
  5. Mrs. K

    Mrs. K Crowing

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    I disagree with the above poster, sorry. But the difference in size between a 12 week chickens and a new chick will be a wreck. The older chickens will kill the baby, even if they are friendly to you.

    there is not such a size difference between 6 weeks and 8 weeks (2 months).

    if you want to add a single hen, which is always a tough do, they have to be the same size.

    MrsK
     
    Last edited: Jun 6, 2012
  6. Imthgirl

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    Thanks Mrs. K....I learned something today!!! And I am by far no expert!!!
     
  7. holyhart

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    I have to agree with Mrs. K.

    I had my 10-12 weekers seperated from my 1 year olds. One of the little ones somehow got in with the big girls during the night and they pecked her to death by morning. I've lost other chicks/hens before, including by other predators, but that was by far the worst. I think maybe because it was from one chicken to another chicken??

    Anyway, you can probably find someone selling 10-14 week old pullets in your area. Introduce slowly (making sure she is not sick first of course), and that should work out since they will be the same size.
     

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