Putting chicks together?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Jaimi, Mar 21, 2008.

  1. Jaimi

    Jaimi In the Brooder

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    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.
     

  2. seafood

    seafood Songster

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    Should be fine. Close enough in age. I would watch them carefully for first day.
     
  3. Redfeathers

    Redfeathers Songster

    Oct 11, 2007
    Gervais OR
    I added two 2 week old chicks to my one week old chicks and they were absolutely fine together. Not one single problem.
     
  4. Jaimi

    Jaimi In the Brooder

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    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??
     

  5. Redfeathers

    Redfeathers Songster

    Oct 11, 2007
    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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