Mixing chicks

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by bossynbella, Feb 16, 2008.

  1. bossynbella

    bossynbella Songster

    Aug 11, 2007
    We are going to be ordering chicks from Murray in May we are also going to hatch our own out prolly around the same time. Will it be okay to house them together.?
    Last edited: Feb 16, 2008
  2. hypnofrogstevie

    hypnofrogstevie chick magnet

    Jul 12, 2007
    Newton NJ
    guess you can call them chicken gangs? I never have that with mine but mine are seperated... for now till spring
  3. Poultryraiser

    Poultryraiser In the Brooder

    Feb 15, 2008
    The chicks will get along if they are the same age if they art the bigger chicks will kill or hurt the smaller ones. You also dont want to mix diffret typs of bird chocks eather.
  4. Henrietta23

    Henrietta23 Songster

    Oct 20, 2007
    Eastern CT
    I asked this question in chat recently since I have two orders coming a week apart. It was suggested that I keep them separated for a few days to make sure none in the newer order are ill. Also to give the new ones a chance to figure out the drink/water thing.
  5. Stormhorse23

    Stormhorse23 Songster

    Aug 22, 2007
    i ordered chicks the same size and age last summer and five of them tortured and murdered the others! they um....died of "natural" causes..... [​IMG]
  6. ChicknThief

    ChicknThief Songster

    Jan 12, 2008
    Nor Cal
    Because my fingers hit order on the hatching eggs pages faster than my brain thinks, I have had five staggered hatches so far and have 5 to go. We have had no problem integrating the older and younger chicks. This is how we do it:

    I have a small cardboard box about 12x10 and I have two kennels together with the tops off with the openings facing each other.... one the extra large size and one the medium size. They have one of the cage doors seperating them, so the the two groups can see each other at all times. I have a brooder lamp over each crate. And the medium one still have a stuffed animal or two for comfort.

    1. From the hatcher into the small cardboard box with pink stuffed bunny under lamp to finish fluffing and rest for 24 hours or so.

    2. From the small box to small kennel for the next 48 -72 hours or so until I know they are eating and drinking and pooping. And this gives enough time for the older ones in big kennel to adjust to presence of younger ones.

    3. Move the younger ones into the bigger kennel and WATCH VERY CAREFULLY for several hours to make sure everything goes smoothly and everyone integrates. As I bring younger ones over, if I know for sure I have any roos in the big kennel, they get taken out to the "boy pen". A seperate tupperware crate with lamp for the boys to hang out until they get their new homes.

    Haven't had one single problem with integration yet, even when I put Peanut (the australorp with the cyst) in with the big welsummers. She has never even been pecked once and she is TINY!

    Hope that helps.
  7. bossynbella

    bossynbella Songster

    Aug 11, 2007
    thanks for all the help so far. We will set up three pens that seemed like a great idea ChickenThief! Thanks again.
  8. LoneCowboy

    LoneCowboy Songster

    Aug 26, 2007
    Longmont, CO
    Quote:Hey, I have this problem too. We must be twins. [​IMG] [​IMG]

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