New chicks to existing chicks...

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by atabby, Oct 8, 2013.

  1. atabby

    atabby In the Brooder

    Just wanted to now if anyone had some advice for adding new 2 week old chicks to my existing flock of 1-2 week olds? The hatchery is replacing the chicks that we lost, but I'm a little nervous about adding them into the brooder. We have 2 silkies in there already who are about 3.5 weeks old, and the remaining 8 chicks are 1.5 weeks old. These new chicks are around 2 weeks old and there will be 3 of them (speckled sussex, australorp and plymouth rock).

    Any advice would be greatly appreciated!!!
  2. write2caroline

    write2caroline Songster

    Jun 21, 2009
    I would not put them together until they feather out and start to be closer in size. The older chicks are going to walk all over them and it would be a disaster. Younger chicks rest more and need to have space to stretch out and sleep and your older ones will be more active. I keep mine in two small bins from walmart side by side using the same heat lamp.
  3. atabby

    atabby In the Brooder

    I thought they might be better separate as well, but the silkies are just over 3 weeks and haven't been a problem - had them with day olds and they were actually quite protective.

    The new chicks are only a few days older than my others (silkies are still the oldest) so thought it might be worth asking just in case anyone had added chicks in

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