Hi, I've got some chicks that are all around 1 and half weeks old and some more chicks have just hatched today, sooooo... would I be able to put the new chicks in with the older ones or would that not be a good idea??
Same here. Just watch them carefully. I have chicks of several different agges together and just added a 3 day old banty that iS Tiny. I was very concerned at fist as they were a lttile rough and flying about toppling her over. I created a partition of chicjen wire and gave her a younger chick for a buddy but when I woke up today, she was on the other side happily with all the other chicks and her buddy was unhappily alone. She was small enough to get through the chicken wire!
I just took out the partition and she seems quick enough to get out of everyones way and still snuggle together in the middle of the huddle.
What wbruder17 said. I've used hardware cloth partitions for a day or two when I put bantam chicks in with older LF chicks, just to let them get "up to speed" and ready for the onslaught. They do get bowled over pretty easily, but within a couple of days, you can remove the partition and let them all mingle.
A neighbor just gave me two of his chicks, about 1 and half weeks old. I mixed them in with my 2 1/2 months old chicks. Everyone is getting along great, which did surprise me a bit. The mama hen to the little baby chicks was killed by a critter and since I have a fenced in area for the chicks plus a small coop, which my neighbor doesn't, he wanted them to be there where they would have a chance to survive.
That's great news! During the day I put the older ones in their run area and leave the little ones inside the coop. The little ones get to have the roost during the day but at night the older ones take it over