Should they be separate

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by lonewolfranch, Feb 19, 2017.

  1. lonewolfranch

    lonewolfranch New Egg

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    I got 7 two week old jubilee orpingtons and I got 6 week old copper marans today and Wednesday I'm getting 32 day old chicks can I have them all in the same brooder or 3 separate ones?
     
  2. PD-Riverman

    PD-Riverman Overrun With Chickens

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    If I had the brooders I would keep them separated or at least the 6 week olds from the younger.
     
  3. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

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    When I'm incubating in full swing, I have 1 or 2 brooders going. I hatch each week and add chicks to the brooder each week, mixing them with the older birds. When they're about 4 weeks I pull them out to the "big" brooder or the grow out pen, depending on the weather. So, I mix chicks from new hatched to 4 weeks with no issues. Just be sure there's lots of space (I'm using stock tanks), more than one feeder and waterer, and they can all access the heat at the same time without piling up on each other--smashed chicks are no fun [​IMG].

    I'm not sure what you'd use to brood that many chicks at a time, especially once they're a few weeks old. You may need multiple brooders simply to have enough floor space.
     
  4. lonewolfranch

    lonewolfranch New Egg

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    Thank you
     
  5. lonewolfranch

    lonewolfranch New Egg

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    Right now I got the orpingtons in a 4foot by 6 foot home made brooder and the marans in a stock tank
     

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