Mixing chick ages?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by claraclucks, Mar 10, 2012.

  1. claraclucks

    claraclucks New Egg

    Feb 8, 2012
    So, we’ve had 9 chicks for one week (hatched on leap day) and tomorrow we’re getting five new chicks, but they’re a week younger than the first batch. Would it be ok to keep them in the same brooder even though they’re a week apart in age? I hope so, since we don’t have a lot of space for multiple brooders. Only 3 are bantams, the rest are standard. I don’t know if that makes a difference.
  2. Judy

    Judy Chicken Obsessed Staff Member Premium Member

    Feb 5, 2009
    South Georgia
    The usual on here is that it's OK to mix chicks of different ages, as long as they are all under one month. I'd watch them, though, with mixing sizes as well as ages.
  3. felidaet

    felidaet Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 10, 2008
    Vancouver, Wa.
    I have had no problems mixing chicks up to 2 1/2 weeks difference in age. I did have some problems mixing them at 3 weeks age difference when the youngest ones were only 3 days old. I kept them separated until the younger ones were 1 week old and them I was able to mix them fine. You should have on problems with one week age difference.

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