Safe to combine different age chicks in brooder

Monstertone

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Is is safe to put a few one week old chicks in the same brooder as 2 day old chicks?

What is the min/max age range that would be safe?

Thanks,

Tom
 

redhen

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I think it may work...but you need to keep a very close eye on them. if you see the little ones being picked on too much..you'll have to seperate. good luck!
 

ozark hen

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yes, it is safe to put two day olds with one week olds. You can put them together up to a couple weeks...just keep an eye on them if they are past two weeks. I have had some older ones actually spread their wings and younger chicks run to them for a snuggle
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I am sure it depends on the temperament of older chicks and breeds? I wouldn't hesitate at the age you are talking about.
 

tomato lady

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I put 1 week olds in with a 4 week old Faverolle. Might not work with other breeds. Faverolles are very mild mannered chickens. Also, the Faverolle was a little small for her age. They have been together for 12 days now.

Also mixed 6 week old Ameraucana chicks with 1 week old Buff Orpingtons. That was in a larger space than a brooder. They all did fine. Again, all were gentle breeds and the space was 40 sq. ft. with a light at one end. They all slept together near the light even though the older birds did not really need the light.

I think some breeds would do better than others.
 

Monstertone

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Nov 24, 2008
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Mesa, AZ
Thanks for all the responses! Sounds like it would be safe. As you have recommended, I'll just keep an eye on them.

Thanks again,

Tom
 

vpeterson

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May 2, 2009
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I put a wire divider between the two sets of chicks for a couple of days so that they can see each other and then take away the divider. I use dog carriers for brooders so I just put the top and bottom facing each other with the wire door separating the two sections.
 

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