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Mixing baby chicks

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by ayahlove97, Mar 14, 2015.

  1. ayahlove97

    ayahlove97 In the Brooder

    Mar 9, 2015
    We have four 2 week old chicks and we were thinking about getting a few road island reds that are only a few days old. Can you mix them or is the age to far apart?
  2. fried green eggs

    fried green eggs Songster

    Mar 25, 2011
    S.E. Michigan
    You need to monitor them for the first day but you can add chicks up to 3 weeks difference in age without much problem. You have to make sure your brooder is large enough and has a warm area for young ones and that the older ones can move away from the heat if they want.
  3. azygous

    azygous Free Ranging 8 Years

    Dec 11, 2009
    Colorado Rockies
    Go for it! But do it promptly as the window of acceptance closes the older the chicks get. Two weeks apart in age is not a problem, even though the new ones will be half the size of the two-week olds. As "fried" pointed out, there is a slight chance for some bullying, but just keep an eye on them and be ready to make a partition in the brooder if necessary.
  4. ayahlove97

    ayahlove97 In the Brooder

    Mar 9, 2015
    Ok thank you!

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