Mixing week old hatchery chicks with my own hatched chicks

Joeschooks

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You should be fine if they are just one week different in age. From a biosecurity point of view I’ve not had any issues myself mixing my own chicks with other chicks from a breeder.
 

rosemarythyme

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Young chicks are generally not a biosecurity concern especially from a hatchery, so I would mix them. Makes for a far easier integration with one other as they'll grow up as a subflock. Just keep an eye on the younger ones to make sure they're not getting pushed around by the older ones.
 

aart

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@RobandSue2 so how'd it go?
I have mixed different aged chicks with great success, and utter failure.
Best to have your brooder split with a wire wall the can see thru but not get thru.
 

Compost King

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I time my hatches to coordinate with my chick shipments so I can have them all in the same brooder. I have also mixed in chicks hatched as far as a week apart with great results. Then there was that time I had to put a put a broody hens chicks into an brooder after mama bird died and that lead to problems right off the bat. They were only about 5 days apart. It can be hit or miss.
 

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