Raising chicks of different hatches

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by gal_amy, Mar 12, 2013.

  1. gal_amy

    gal_amy Songster 9 Years

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    We just cleaned our chicken coup and have started over. Bought 20
    chicks, but 3 didn't make it.


    The three that didn't were the light
    brahma's.


    I am debating on making another order of 15, but that would
    make them 2 weeks difference in age.


    Is this feasible? What about a 4 week age difference.[​IMG]
    Thanks for any feedback
    Amy from WA
     

  2. Pyxis

    Pyxis Hatchi Wan Kenobi Premium Member 6 Years

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    I've done something like this before. Currently I have 4 week olds in with a three week old and two one week old birds. In the past I've had mixed chicks ranging from six weeks old to a couple days old together. I think it really depends on the chicks involved, though. If your chicks are aggressive, I wouldn't recommend it, but if they're calm, you could probably do it. Two weeks would be no problem, I think.
     
  3. usually two weeks in age difference between chicks is the max - after that they need to be in separate
    brooders.
     
  4. gimmie birdies

    gimmie birdies Crowing 5 Years

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    on thurs. I bought 6 chicks from feed store born on mon. my chicks hatched on sat and sun. I had to remove the larger breed chickens after a trial mix and left the bantams until the hatchlings got their barrings and could walk well. the RIR liked hopping on the smaller chicks. after a day or so I remixed them and all get along now.
     

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