Should I isolate chicks?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by mendogurl, Mar 30, 2009.

  1. mendogurl

    mendogurl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have two chicks, an astralorp and a barred Plymouth who are about half the size of the other 6 chicks.
    They seem okay, and tend to hang out in the corners of the brooder, away from the bigger chicks, but I am just wondering if I would be helping or hurting if I gave the two of them some room of their own.
     
  2. Spires6

    Spires6 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If they are not being picked on, they are probably ok. How long have they been together?
     
  3. patandchickens

    patandchickens Flock Mistress

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    As long as they're not getting picked on or kept away from food/water/warmth, they may be best off with the rest -- that way you will not have the extra social aggression issues that come with introducing them back to the others later on.

    Last spring I had two chicks significantly smaller than the other 18; both turned out to be a little on the smallish end of the size spectrum when they grew up but mostly I think they were just on a different schedule than the rest, and they never had any problems with their size or the other chicks.

    Good luck,

    Pat
     

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