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Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by kjk66ss, Nov 18, 2011.

  1. kjk66ss

    kjk66ss Chirping

    Nov 18, 2011
    hello, i have a 4 week old silkie pullet and a 4 week old cockerel black japanese. today i just got 2 4 day old chicks one Rhode island red and the other is an americana. i have them in the same coop rite now which is not very big maybe 3'x3'x3' ,the chickens will eventually be free range chickens . as for now will the chickens be alright together? it is bed time for them and everytime i go out and look the silkie is sitting on them while they sleep, but when they get up and move around and the 4 day old chicks eat the older ones will steal the food from them but dont look too agressive yet.

  2. peterlund

    peterlund Songster

    Jan 29, 2010
    MA Cranberry Country
    I sense danger for the little ones. If it were my flock, I would separate them and let the wee little one get to fighting size before dropping them into the bunch. Think of a small bunch of 1st grader's in a room of juniors... not a pretty picture!
  3. idispatch4911

    idispatch4911 Chirping

    May 20, 2011
    Southern Utah
    Good advice. I'm going to be in the same predicament in January with chicks ordered and growing and hatching some new ones. They'll be about 4 weeks apart. I've been wondering the same thing - separate them or keep them together. We'll just have to play it by ear.
  4. RioLindoAz

    RioLindoAz Sleeping

    Jul 8, 2007
    Yuma, Arizona
    I've seen older chicks take care of younger ones by letting them snuggle under them and such.
    But just to avoid complications, I would keep them separated.

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