mixing new and old?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by buckinnuts, Jun 7, 2008.

  1. buckinnuts

    buckinnuts In the Brooder

    May 18, 2008
    york Pa
    I have some chicks that will be about 8-9 weeks old when I get some day olds in about 2 weeks . How long to keep seperated or will there be issues of aggressiveness
    I know about the heat difference
    but what else to be aware of
  2. chicknhawaii

    chicknhawaii Songster

    May 15, 2008
    Honolulu, HI
    What I've seen posted most often is a slow familiarization process is best where you put them in separate cages/coops where they can see one another. Gradually you can introduce them to one another face-to-face with supervision for a short time each day, lengthening the time if all is well. I think in general, when everyone's about the same size is when you can try to put them in the same coop. Good luck!
  3. Suess hens

    Suess hens Songster

    May 4, 2008
    Altadena, CA
    I have some 1.5 weekers that I took outside today into the yard where the "big" girls were free ranging. I figure if I start slow and watch for aggressiveness I will feel safer when I put them altogether. I am planning on moving the babies out when they are about 4 or 5 weeks...nights will be warmer then too. Oh and I have 7 week old and 2 10-week olds.

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