Raising younger chicks with older chicks.

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Chicken Bff, Feb 18, 2017.

  1. Chicken Bff

    Chicken Bff Chirping

    May 20, 2016
    I bought some chicks today and was thinking if i happen to get an unwanted roo could i just get a younger chick to replace it with. The only thing is I don't know how much of an age gap baby chicks can live together with. Also I dont know how long it takes to sex the chickens that i'm getting or how to, if it helps ill tell you there breeds. I have 2 golden laced wyandottes, 2 golden comets, and 2 barred rocks. Any advice is welcome.

  2. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

    Nov 27, 2012
    SW Michigan
    My Coop
    You won't know males from females until about 5-6 weeks.
    Size and color on comb and wattles should tell the tale on the males....Wyandottes may take longer.
    By then it's hard to add just one chick...and can be tricky to add any without an integration setup.
  3. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    young chicks start up pecking order fairly early - woe to any chick being added afterwards - another round of pecking order.

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