Mixing chicks at diffent ages?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Hegatha, Mar 13, 2011.

  1. Hegatha

    Hegatha Songster

    Mar 13, 2011
    I have raised chickens when I was little and showed them in 4H. I got 4 4 day old chicks today and its been about 7 years since I have had chickens. I wanted to know if its okay to mix them with ones that are a week or two older.
  2. gryeyes

    gryeyes Covered in Pet Hair & Feathers

    Yes. I mix chicks all the time, all the way up to 3.5 weeks difference in ages. That is about the furthest age difference, though. Be aware that the younger chicks will be bowled over by the older ones, for a time, because they're not as fast or agile, but they'll be okay.
  3. nanawendy

    nanawendy Songster

    Dec 28, 2009
    Bellingham Wa
    I agree W/ gryeyes. I just joined 4 wk olds w/ 2 wk olds. I put them in the bigger brooder 'cause they needed to stretch their wings. [​IMG] [​IMG]
  4. Livinwright Farm

    Livinwright Farm Songster

    Jan 7, 2011
    Carroll County
    And [​IMG] Yes, it is perfectly okay to mix them together. I have five 7 week olds in with fifteen 4 week olds, and a 1 week old in with day or two olds.

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