Mixing chicks

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by fawngrovechad, Feb 2, 2013.

  1. fawngrovechad

    fawngrovechad Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hello! I'm fairly new to chickens (3 hens, 2 roosters) having started in late July 2012. I ordered 3 white leghorns due in march but also want to get 3 black sex link chicks. My question is can I mix them or should I just raise the leghorns solo and wait on the BSLs?
     
  2. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

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    You don't need to wait, they'll do fine together. Lots of folks get multiple breeds and brood them together. The key is staying in the same age range, everyone should be within about 3 weeks in age. More than that and you get older birds picking on babies.
     
  3. cafarmgirl

    cafarmgirl Overrun With Chickens

    X2. I always raised mixed flocks, never had a problem. Your better off getting them all at once and raising them together, less integration problems later.
     
  4. The Chickeneer

    The Chickeneer ~A Morning's Crow~

    Yeah, they should be fine together. It would be easier to get them all at once, but even if you don't, integration shouldn't be difficult. I have raised chicks of different ages together, and didn't have any problems, just make sure there is enough space, or else they might get bored and start pecking each other.
     
  5. fawngrovechad

    fawngrovechad Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks so much guys! I feel like I'm getting into the groove with the chickens and just want to keep learning! Thanks so much! I will check when the BSLs are due in and decide if it'll be a good fit timing wise...it should be a small enough window
     

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