question about adding new chicks

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by beatrixkiddo, Dec 13, 2010.

  1. beatrixkiddo

    beatrixkiddo Out Of The Brooder

    Dec 8, 2010
    I have 4-3 weeks old RIRs and I am wanting to get 2-1 week old Ameraucanas. Can I place them in the same brooder together since they are all still relatively young and close to the same age?
  2. Judy

    Judy Chicken Obsessed Staff Member Premium Member

    Feb 5, 2009
    South Georgia
    The only way to know if the older ones will accept the babies is to try it. Reactions vary widely but there will always be some pecking to establish the pecking order. Try it at night or with a bunch of treats as distraction -- and be ready to remove the young ones.
  3. ranchhand

    ranchhand Rest in Peace 1956-2011

    Aug 25, 2008
    I've actually done that, twice now. I used an old oven rack to divide the brooder box, just taped in place, for a few days. They could see each other and interact and when I took it out they got along just fine. Just keep an eye on them when you first remove the divider to break up any squabbles.

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