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Raising chicks of different ages together

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Jetblack2004, Mar 22, 2016.

  1. Jetblack2004

    Jetblack2004 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm not sure how to describe this but:

    If I hatch out 2 lots of chicks of different ages, How long before I put in a younger lot with and older lot will the older lot attack the younger ones. A week? Less or more?


    Sorry if it's not very clear but it's hard to describe!
     
  2. donrae

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    I've mixed chicks a good three weeks in age difference. The key is having a large brooder, plenty of space for everyone to move around. In one of those little plastic totes I wouldn't try it.
     
  3. Jetblack2004

    Jetblack2004 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you. I have 2 lots of chicks hatching a week apart so I will try putting them together.
     
  4. Wfpendragon

    Wfpendragon Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have almost two week olds and almost one week olds together and they are getting along great. The first day I brought them home I separated them until they got enough water and food to regain their strenngth then put them together the next day and all was good. [​IMG]
     
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  5. Jetblack2004

    Jetblack2004 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ok, thank you for replying :)
     
  6. dekel18042

    dekel18042 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I had the same age difference and I put them together as newbies and 8 days old but I added the new ones at night under the heated brooder (It was fairly dark and the peeps were all asleep.). As soon as it was light the next morning they were all out together eating and drinking with no problems. The younger ones followed the older ones to the food and water so that made it very easy.
     
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  7. Jetblack2004

    Jetblack2004 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ok.
     
  8. Jensownzoo

    Jensownzoo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It seems to be a size-difference thing rather than age. I have 1-3 week olds in one brooder just fine, but had to set up a different brooder for the bantams last night as they were the only ones getting picked on by the bigger guys.
     
  9. Jetblack2004

    Jetblack2004 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have more brooder space if they don't get along. I just rather have them in one place than dotted around. But I will try them all together, they'll only be 7 days apart.
     
  10. AlezaJ

    AlezaJ Out Of The Brooder

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    Yay for this thread! Lol. I just got an incubator and some fertile eggs from a friend(barnyard classics[​IMG]). I've been trying to decide if I should set them tomorrow morning or not. Hatch day would be April 8th. I'm planning on getting chicks from fleet farm April 1st. They will be a few days difference in age but would all be between 1 & 2 weeks old when mine hatch.
    You all helped me decide to set them in the morning!!! [​IMG]
    ETA- The incubator is not from the friend, I bought it.
     
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