Mixing baby chicks

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

  1. ayahlove97

    ayahlove97 Out Of The Brooder

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    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 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    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 Chicken Obsessed

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    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 Out Of The Brooder

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    Ok thank you!
     

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