Newbie Question about mixing chicks

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by KatieV, Jul 1, 2010.

  1. KatieV

    KatieV In the Brooder

    May 2, 2009
    I ordered 7 chicks from MPC last week and they are shipping out the 12th. [​IMG] Yesterday, I saw an ad on craigslist for Black Copper Maran chicks....which I REALLY want. My question is, can I mix these chicks right away, or would I have to keep them seperated. My chicks coming from MPC are being vac'ed for Mereks. Any replies would help...this is my first time!
  2. Kedreeva

    Kedreeva Longfeather Lane 8 Years

    Jun 10, 2010
    I can't speak for whether yours will be ok or not, but we tossed 13 one week-old araucana chicks in with our 3 three week-old polish chicks and they all got along just fine. The polish we hatched out ourselves and the araucana chicks we got straight run from a guy with roughly 576 gazillion chicks in a trailer at a bird swap. The only reason you might not want to mix them immediately is to quarantine the chicks from one another to make sure neither group drops dead mysteriously, as sometimes happens with chicks.
    Last edited: Jul 1, 2010

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