Mixing chicks

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  1. momchick4

    momchick4 Out Of The Brooder

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    Last Friday I purchased 37 new chicks. The hatchery sent 49 chicks.

    I have two separate brooders to house them. While cleaning one of the brooders, I will be mixing all the chicks in one brooder.
    Once bother brooders are clean, will it matter which chicks end up together? Or should I try to keep them in two separate groups?
    When they go to the big coop, they will be house together.

    Chicks are:
    25 red sexlinks
    17 black sexlinks
    7 welsummers
     
  2. redsoxs

    redsoxs Chicken Obsessed

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    At that age it won't matter how you mix them up - they don't really know each other yet so there is no pecking order business going on. One word of advice...if the hatchery sent a dozen more chicks than you ordered it was possibly a counting error. It was more likely that the hatchery needed to get rid of excess male chicks. Just saying in case you weren't counting on roosters but end up with a surplus of them. Good luck to you!
     
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  3. momchick4

    momchick4 Out Of The Brooder

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    I thought the same thing, but most of my order was sex links.

    Ordered Received
    Red sex links
    25 25
    black sex links
    6 16
    welsummers
    6 7
    mystery chick
    1
    37 49

    The mystery chick is black and brown with yellow legs. If I have any roosters, it won't be a problem.
     
  4. SunHwaKwon

    SunHwaKwon Overrun With Chickens

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    I believe you should be able to tell now if any of those sexlinks are males. Do they have spots on their heads?
     
  5. momchick4

    momchick4 Out Of The Brooder

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    None of them have white spots on their heads. They all are girls. If I have a boy it will either be the extra mystery chick or the extra Welsummer.
    I think the hatchery had too many extra black sex links that needed a home.
     
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  6. SunHwaKwon

    SunHwaKwon Overrun With Chickens

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    Wow, you got lucky :)
     
  7. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    The Welsummer were sold as sexed or straight run?
    Should be able to tell gender by markings.
     
  8. momchick4

    momchick4 Out Of The Brooder

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    All were sold as pullets directly from the hatchery
     
  9. Ol Grey Mare

    Ol Grey Mare One egg shy of a full carton. ..... Premium Member

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    Did the hatchery packing information specifically say that all 16 of the chicks you have are BSL or are you assuming they are BSL because they look similar to the 6 you did order? Asking as it is possible that some of the packing peanuts are not BSL which would negate the presence/absence of head spot in regards to gender determination.
     
  10. SunHwaKwon

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