Putting newly hatched chicks in with 3-5 day old chicks

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by williamsl77, Jan 2, 2012.

  1. williamsl77

    williamsl77 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 15, 2011
    Is this a bad idea? Will the slightly older ones pick on the newer ones? Should I keep them separate until they new ones are up to speed?

  2. BackyardCountry

    BackyardCountry Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 31, 2011
    My Own Little World....
    i would keep them seperate for now, speaking from experience.
  3. williamsl77

    williamsl77 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 15, 2011
    I better go get some heat lamps then!! Thanks!!
  4. AlienChick

    AlienChick Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 9, 2010
    Glasgow, KY
  5. Coop de Grille

    Coop de Grille Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 24, 2010
    South Carolina
    I'm pretty new to chickens so I could be wrong, but here is my experience. I got 3 chicks when they were three days old. The other day I got seven more that were the same age, six days old, but from a different place. I put the seven new ones in with the three existing chicks and they are all fine. They huddled up together and I have had no issues. They are now 8 days old.
  6. SteveBaz

    SteveBaz Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 6, 2011
    Pacific North West
    Quote:[​IMG] I would allow the babies every opportunity with a battle for food water and life! Happy New Year to you and the kids.
  7. tinychicky

    tinychicky Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 24, 2010
    Hollis, New Hampshire
    give them a day or two to strengthen thier legs and get used to being a chicken, then they should be fine. last fall i had a very staggered hatch under a broody. when they first chick hatched i put the eggs under a different broody, leaving the one chick with mama. when the next chick hatched i let it recover under a heat lamp, then moved it. the rest of the chicks hatched over the course of about a week and even with that much difference in age they could all keep up fine.
    i love this photo. the black chick was less than 24 hours old, the yellow chick was about 3 days and the biggest chick was over a week. of course being half serama, the black chick was pretty teensy. he had a protien deficiency (i think) which caused his first feathers to be very brittle with pale sections that grew when the deficiency was at it's worst. i was scared we wasn't going to make it, but he's doing great now. the hatch was all cockerels but one, so i kept only him and the pullet to put in my silkie and serama coop.

    i hope putting your babies together works out!
  8. Soli

    Soli Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 18, 2010
    This may not work with strongly game chicks or ones with a lot of game heritage like Cornish.

    But, you can often add new chicks with existing chicks, up to a week apart. This is the way I hatch and raise batches of chicks - I generally add 2-4 eggs to the incubator 2 days to a week apart, marking each egg with a number and then writing it down on the calendar. They then hatch in a staggered pattern, and every few days I'm adding new chicks to the brooder, in with existing chicks. This works for about a maximum of one month. The oldest chicks get so accustomed to new chicks arriving every few days that they do not pick on them as much, if at all. I also use a red heat lamp to discourage picking.

    I use a separate incubator for hatching; this would not work very well otherwise.
  9. Me & Jack

    Me & Jack Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 31, 2009
    I find older chicks always seem to pick on younger ones, especially if they seem weaker in any way. When you're an itty-bitty chick, three days is a looooong time!
  10. LegginMF12

    LegginMF12 Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 2, 2011
    Yucca Valley
    I put a nine day old chick in with 2 day old chicks and had no problems. They were in a big plastic tote box with a heat lamp.

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