Putting chicks together?

Jaimi

In the Brooder
11 Years
Mar 1, 2008
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North Central Alabama
Last week, I bought 2 chicks from TSC. I'm going again today and I think I'm going to get 2 more. Will it be ok to but them in the brooder together? They are only a ~week apart.
I'll probably be builting a bigger brooder though, since the 2 I have now are in a tubberware container they won't be big eoungh for 4 chicks.
 

seafood

Songster
11 Years
Feb 12, 2008
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Should be fine. Close enough in age. I would watch them carefully for first day.
 

Redfeathers

Songster
12 Years
Oct 11, 2007
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I added two 2 week old chicks to my one week old chicks and they were absolutely fine together. Not one single problem.
 

Jaimi

In the Brooder
11 Years
Mar 1, 2008
78
3
41
North Central Alabama
Thanks everyone! I put them together and they are doing fine.
I got 2 more pullets [well, the guy at the store said they were]: a old fashion dominicker and a RIR.
I'll get pics ASAP when they all get settled in.

Also, how many weeks do you keed chicks in a brooder? Untill they are fully feathered??
 

Redfeathers

Songster
12 Years
Oct 11, 2007
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35
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Gervais OR
Fully feathered and they still need some warmth if it's cold outside. I've read here that a heat source of around 60 degrees at night is recommended until your chicks are able to keep themselves warm and that is usually more then just a few weeks. I don't know what your night time temps are there but I would wait. I put my first batch of chicks outside at 8 weeks in the last part of August and by the time Sept rolled around they were aclimated to a cooler night temp and they did fine.
 

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