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Staggered hatching and introducing new chick.

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Jennn27, Aug 19, 2016.

  1. Jennn27

    Jennn27 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have a new hatchling that's a few days old. It's in a brooder box, under a heat lamp and doing great. I also have an egg about to hatch in a few days in my bator. When is the best time to put them together, and what is the safest way to do it? Thanks!
     
  2. TheKindaFarmGal

    TheKindaFarmGal Overrun With Chickens

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    As soon as the new one is dried and walking well (maybe a day old), you can put them together. Keep an eye on the younger one to make sure it gets enough food. About how far apart will the chicks be in age?
     
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  3. Jennn27

    Jennn27 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    So this happened last night!!!

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    The other one I have is maybe 5 days old.
     
  4. Blooie

    Blooie Team Spina Bifida Premium Member

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    They'll be fine together...in fact they'll all appreciate the company! Yes, as @TheKindaFarmGal said, do make sure the littlest ones are getting food, but that's usually not an issue. I sometimes combine chicks that are more than a week apart in age and have never had an issue. Cute cute cute!
     
  5. Jennn27

    Jennn27 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    OK. Great! Thank you! I was quite surprised as there were no pips or anything last night when I went to bed. Guess they were in a hurry. lol
     
  6. Jennn27

    Jennn27 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    BTW....of the remaining eggs, only two of those are viable. I have moved the chicks out, so they don't knock the other eggs around. They are in a separate box for now. I want to give them time to get steady on their feet. Thanks, again!
     
  7. Jennn27

    Jennn27 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Update: I put them together last night, and all is well! I tried to the other day, but there was some bickering, haha, so I seperated them with a screened window between the boxes, and that seemed to have helped.
     

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