Mixing chicks: what's the process

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  1. bleudesigner21

    bleudesigner21 New Egg

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    Hi! I have 12 incubated at home/5 day old chicks. And 6 I just bought at a local store. What is the process with integrating them? Can they be in the same box under a lamp, but separated? Or do they need their completely own space?
     
  2. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Overrun With Chickens

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    Hello, and welcome to BYC! [​IMG]I'm glad you joined us.

    Chicks that age should be able to be mixed with no problems. Generally, you can mix chicks as much as 2 weeks apart just fine. However, I wouldn't suggest mixing those two groups right away, since they came from different places. The store-bought chicks could be carrying a disease that could infect your home-hatched chicks.I would keep them seperated for a couple of weeks, and then mix them together.
     
  3. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

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  4. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Show me the way old friend Staff Member

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    Hello there and welcome to BYC! [​IMG]

    After 2 to 3 weeks of age, the pecking order is beginning to form in flocks. So just be careful if you mix them after these ages. You will then need to keep them separated by wire in the same brooder or area for a few weeks so everybody sees, nobody touches. This will allow them to get introduced without them being able to become aggressive with each other.

    So either mix them all together now, or do the quarantine thing like Wyandottes has suggested and then mix them together slowly after several weeks behind wire.

    Good luck with all your babies and welcome to our flock!
     
  5. Michael OShay

    Michael OShay Chicken Obsessed

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    Welcome to BYC. Glad you decided join our flock. X2 on TwoCrow's advice. Please feel free to ask any questions you may have. We are here to help in any way we can. Good luck with your chicks.
     
  6. Chicken Girl1

    Chicken Girl1 Queen of the Coop Premium Member

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    Hello [​IMG]and Welcome to BYC![​IMG]

    Glad to have you join! Feel free to make yourself at home!
     
  7. Mountain Peeps

    Mountain Peeps Change is inevitable, like the seasons Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC! Please make yourself at home and we are here to help.

    Wyandottes7 and Two Crows have given you good advice.

    My chicks usually had their pecking order established around week 3.
     
  8. Peep-Chicken

    Peep-Chicken Overrun With Chickens

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    Hello :frow and welcome to BYC!
     
  9. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    Folks who don't practice some sort of quarantine when adding new birds to their own - generally end up regretting it. Welcome to the flock.
     
  10. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 True BYC Addict Premium Member

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    Hello :frow and Welcome To BYC!
     

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