Mixing Week old Chicks with Newly Hatched

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by KerriBerrie, May 16, 2016.

  1. KerriBerrie

    KerriBerrie New Egg

    May 16, 2016
    Hello everyone!

    I'm starting my first flock right now [​IMG] but have a question.

    I have 7 one week old chicks (2 bantam polish and 5 silkies). I also have 12 mixed eggs due to hatch tomorrow. I've read you can mix chicks of different ages, but it's hit or miss. If I need to create a second brooder, I can make it happen, but these guys are all going to be living in the same coop. From my experience (my father has had chickens all my life), mixing adults can be a nightmare!

    Does anyone have experience mixing chicks? I'd like to do what I can to make this successful.

    Thank you!! [​IMG]
  2. OrganicFarmWife

    OrganicFarmWife Overrun With Chickens

    Oct 21, 2015
    No where Nebraska
    I mixed week olds with my day olds with no problems. Have a second food and water available and plenty of heat.
    If you worry perhaps keep a second brooder and keep the littles in it until they are a week old, then they will be stronger and better able to deal with the older chicks.
    But you should be able to brood them togeather. You are correct it is much harder to bring them togeather as adults
  3. azygous

    azygous Flock Master

    Dec 11, 2009
    Colorado Rockies
    Mixing different ages of baby chicks works just fine the first week, gets iffy, by the second week, and by the third week, it may require gradual introduction, and by the fourth week, the size and experience difference is becoming too pronounced to expect a smooth blending of ages.

    The older the chickens, the more established the social order is, so it's extremely difficult, though not impossible, to introduce new older birds. The easiest way to expand an existing flock is to add baby chicks and have them grow up alongside the adults. I've written articles about all of these topics, linked below this post.
  4. dekel18042

    dekel18042 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 18, 2013
    I've done this with no problems. I add the newbies at night when the others are sleeping (Not sure if you have to, but works for me.). The next morning it is like they've always been together and the new ones learn from the older.
  5. KerriBerrie

    KerriBerrie New Egg

    May 16, 2016
    Thank you all for the responses!

    One of the eggs is pipping already, so I could have little ones slightly sooner than expected. The eggs I ordered shipped later than I thought. I planned to have them hatch 1-3 days after my other chicks arrived, but it is what it is! I have a lot of shiny things which have been keeping them distracted pretty well.

    I'll have to take a look at your articles too, azygous!

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