mixing ages of chickens and types

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Nalaine, May 7, 2011.

  1. Nalaine

    Nalaine New Egg

    May 6, 2011
    we have 12 meat birds that are around 6 weeks old....we have baby layers barely 2 weeks old. The meat birds should be ready to butcher in a couple weeks. If we put the babies is there before the others are butcherd....would they hurt them...there are a couple cockerels in the mix?
  2. Barrdwing

    Barrdwing Chillin' With My Peeps

    Eep, that's a pretty big difference in sizes, and chickens can be pretty rough on chicks that are younger and smaller. I would be uneasy about combining the two at this point: two-week-olds are still pretty vulnerable and they don't move all that fast yet.
  3. F106A

    F106A Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 9, 2011
    Texas Big Country
    The only time I've done it was when I put two-week old production reds in with my four-week old rocks. One of the reds got her tail nipped at over a couple days, but other than that, they've been fine now for two weeks. I don't think I would have done it at this point (six weeks) seeing the size of my rocks. Two-week old chicks would be an easy target for them.


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