Raising different aged chicks together

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by savedbyhisblood, May 13, 2008.

  1. savedbyhisblood

    savedbyhisblood In the Brooder

    May 13, 2008
    I'm new here and to the world of chickens so bear with my stupidity please.

    I have two Aracuana chicks that will be about 10 days older than my 20 other chicks once they arrive. (This wasn't supposed to happen but the hatchery is shipping a week later than we were originally told.)
    Will putting them all together be a problem?
    If so, what o you suggest? I'm thinking if I see problems I would divide the 2 from the 20 with chicken wire so they can still see each other and then put them together a little later.
  2. jessica117

    jessica117 Songster

    Apr 23, 2008
    SE Tennessee
    I would divide them like you were talking for a few days. The new chicks will still be a little wobbly when they first come but withing a few days they should be ok, and since they will have been seeing each other the whole time the others should be used to the newbies.

  3. Frosty

    Frosty Songster

    Mar 30, 2008
    I agree... plus the fact that there are only 2 older chicks and 20 younger, that will help. Give the youngsters a few days to a week and let them get a bit stronger.

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