Mixing chick's

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Lady Watcher, Feb 28, 2017.

  1. Lady Watcher

    Lady Watcher Out Of The Brooder

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    Can I mix month old chick's with day old?
     
  2. lazy gardener

    lazy gardener True BYC Addict

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    Yes you can, but it might be wise to keep a divider between them till the day olds are a week old. How many of each? If you are only putting a couple of day olds in with a bunch of 4 week olds, it might be more problematic. The only way you can be sure is to try it and see. An other issue is that the 4 week olds will need to be weaned off heat, while the day olds are just getting started. The older chicks will be much larger, more aggressive, and apt to trample or bully the babies...A lot depends on flock dynamics, how much available space, and how spry those babies are. If you've raised chicks before, you will know all of the pit-falls to be looking for. If you've never done so, I might suggest that you simply brood them separately, and add them together when the youngsters come off heat.
     
  3. Lady Watcher

    Lady Watcher Out Of The Brooder

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    They're 5 bantams and 2 silver laced Wyandotte. The day old are 3 jersey giants and a cinnamon queen. We decided to separate them until they get bigger. Thanks for your help!
     
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