Mixing Ages of Chickens

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by deenamr, Mar 29, 2009.

  1. deenamr

    deenamr Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 6, 2008
    Central Oregon
    How old do my new babies need to be before they can be mixed in with the 1 year olds? I was thinking 4 or 5 months but don't really know. Their pens are close together so they will be able to see each other all day. I am hoping this will make the transition easier.
    Last edited: Mar 29, 2009
  2. thechickenchick

    thechickenchick Born city, Living country

    Mar 8, 2008
    Eaton, Colorado
    The general rule is to wait until they are comparable in size. I have mixed them early and had no problems. This time I tried early and it was NOT a good idea. I ended up with injured babies in the blink of an eye. I still feel guilty, although they lived, I have a wingless hen. [​IMG]
  3. ScoobyRoo

    ScoobyRoo Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 21, 2008
    Land of OZ
    I had my 4 wk olds in a rabbit hutch that was in the run with the one yr olds. They were not togther but could see each other. At 5 weeks I let them out and they all do great. They all free range and there is plenty of room. Some will tell you not to do that. Maybe I was lucky. You need to watch them. Now I have hens laying in the hutch with the babies. [​IMG]
    good luck whatever you decide to do.

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