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Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by KelsiNS, Aug 6, 2013.

  1. KelsiNS

    KelsiNS Songster

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    I ordered a dozen "replacement" chicks (only lost five, 12 was the minimum order) and was told they wont be available for a few weeks. Good, gives the older chicks time to go outside.

    My phone rings today. Babies will be here tomorrow.

    I have two brooders with 14 chicks a piece. One heater, two lamps. My current set will be 9 days old when these arrive. I have nowhere to put another brooder if i even had one. These are taking up most of my bedroom as is.

    How dangerous is it to put day old chicks with 9 day old chicks? Should i crowd 28 chicks in the same brooder to give the 12 their own, or can i split the new brood in half with the older chicks, as long as i keep a close eye on them?
     
  2. redsoxs

    redsoxs Crowing

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    Day olds should be fine with nine day olds. Separate brooder is your call - but I think it's more about crowding than age differences. Good luck to you!
     
  3. ChirpyChicks1

    ChirpyChicks1 Songster 5 Years

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  4. TammyTX

    TammyTX Crowing

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    Do you have garage that isn't air conditioned? Today, I put my day olds out in the (draft free) garage w/o a heat lamp because it stays in the high 86-90 day/night. The chicks aren't clumping together or peeping too much, so they are feeling fine. Tonight I'll cover them, but I don't plan on putting a lamp on mine at all. In this area it's supposed to be 100+ for the next 10 days.
     
  5. KelsiNS

    KelsiNS Songster

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    We dont have a garage at all-i have them in literally the only place they can go.
     
  6. ChirpyChicks1

    ChirpyChicks1 Songster 5 Years

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    If you just can not quarantine then I'd pick one brooder and just add them in. They grow so fast that there might be more of a difference than you'd think but besides dividing one brooder in two there aren't really any other options. I'm sure it'll be alright! [​IMG]
     
  7. BantamLover21

    BantamLover21 Crowing 5 Years

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    I would just put them in with the 9-day olds. Just watch them for any signs of bullying, make sure they are eating and drinking, and they should be fine
     
  8. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

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    I'm really not aware of a reason to quarantine a day old chick, I'd be interested to see reasoning on that. What on earth could they have, just out of the egg?

    Day old to 9 days should be fine. The thing you're going to have problems with is just enough space for everyone. Overcrowding will cause way more problems than a week's age difference.
     
  9. KelsiNS

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    Thanks for the tips! Im planning on trying to make a makeshift brooder for the young'ins
     
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