Mixed chicks with different growth rates a problem?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by sunnyboy2, Mar 21, 2013.

  1. sunnyboy2

    sunnyboy2 New Egg

    8
    0
    7
    Feb 23, 2013
    We are getting chickens for first time. A small, laying flock ( 5 to 7 birds). As we are in cold weather area, large breeds are our preference. A mixed flock is the plan, just because they look so nice and its great seeing the differences. Between the barred rock, orpingtonz, Australops, and Brahma, etc. the maturity rate is from fast to slow. Will this growth rate be a problem when chicks all brought in on same day? Or is the difference nothing to worry about? Thanks for the help.
     
  2. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive True BYC Addict Premium Member

    30,009
    4,249
    541
    Apr 3, 2011
    southern Ohio
    It will be nothing to worry about. They all should be feathered out completely (more or less) by 7 weeks, so they will be able to move outside without heat. All chickens will mature at different rates, even 2 of the same age and breed. My first chick order of 38 had 23 different breeds, including 6 bantams, and they all did fine.
     
  3. sunnyboy2

    sunnyboy2 New Egg

    8
    0
    7
    Feb 23, 2013
    Thank you Eggcessive.
     

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by