silly question...

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by mamaboyd, Mar 14, 2008.

  1. mamaboyd

    mamaboyd Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I want to get a few different varieties of day olds and was wondering if they are all day olds, can they all be in the same coop, or do different breeds need to be separated when they are younger( until we find out who's female and who's male). My hubby would really have a fit if I made him build a bunch of different coops, we already have to build(add on) to our existing one when we get our day old white rocks, since they can't be in with our hens we got last year.

    Thanks!! [​IMG]
     
  2. hypnofrogstevie

    hypnofrogstevie chick magnet

    Jul 12, 2007
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    I never had experience with mixing day olds but I think they can be put toghether in the same brooder and same coop.
     
  3. Katy

    Katy Flock Mistress

    You can mix day olds of different breeds, but if you get both standards and bantams I think it's better and safer for the bantams to be housed seperately.
     
  4. nikkichicki

    nikkichicki Out Of The Brooder

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    I have all of mine in the same brooder and coop I even have my ducks in with my chicks.
     
  5. mamaboyd

    mamaboyd Chillin' With My Peeps

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    So, I could probably put some silkies,cochins,brahma's,some barred plymouth rocks, and maybe a couple of rouen ducks all together when they are day olds?? I think we will likely get more of the plymouth barred rocks as we want them for meat, and the rest will be more of "pet" birds". Oh man, I could really go nuts this spring with all the different types of birds I'd like to get. [​IMG]
     
  6. hypnofrogstevie

    hypnofrogstevie chick magnet

    Jul 12, 2007
    Newton NJ
    careful with the ducks. I heard that the chickens will peck at the ducks feet
     
  7. greenmulberry

    greenmulberry Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I don't know about the ducks, but all the chicks should be fine together as babies.

    Some people don't keep bantams, (the silkies) together with standard hens as adults, but it seems it is often fine if they grew up together and have space.
     
  8. nikkichicki

    nikkichicki Out Of The Brooder

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    So far I have not had any problems and we have been playing with them a lot. They will be out of that brooder soon.. We tried to move them already and when we put them in their own box they started screaming and would not stop until they were put back with the chicks...[​IMG]
     
  9. mamaboyd

    mamaboyd Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My daughter is the one that really wants the ducks, so I guess untill they get big enough, we can try them in with the chicks, and than move them into their new area. My brother said they don't need too much room if you only have a few ducks, so once they are old enough, it shouldn't be too hard to make a small covered in area for them to be in on their own. Don't ducks make alot more poopy mess? Would that affect the baby chicks in any way?
     
  10. Katy

    Katy Flock Mistress

    I wouldn't want to try and keep ducklings and chicks together although I know some people do. Knowing the wet mess that ducklings make I wouldn't want to expose my chicks to that. I guess I you have a giant brooder then it might work.
     

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