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Up to what age chick can you put with a newly hatched?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by JennH07, Apr 16, 2011.

  1. JennH07

    JennH07 Songster

    May 1, 2010
    Hastings, MI
    I have one egg in lock down. If it hatches I want to get it some friends, but am not sure how old the other chicks can be if I can't get day olds. So up to what age can I put with a day old chick??

    Thanks a million for any replies!!![​IMG]

  2. catchthewind

    catchthewind Songster

    Jan 27, 2011
    Vancouver Island
    I put three tiny day old Silkies in with standard chicks that were 10-14 days old and everyone was/is fine. The Silkies can walk under some of the older chicks without ducking but don't get picked on at all. From what I've read here, you just really need to watch for pecking and such. Because day olds can't walk well yet and the other ones were so much bigger I also worried about the new ones getting trampled. When I stuck my hand in to feed or clean the brooder, they'd all go running to the other edge and I did "rescue" the Silkies a couple of times from underneath, but I doubt it was actually necessary.

    I think you just need to be prepared to perhaps have to separate them for a few days or longer if needed.
    Last edited: Apr 16, 2011
  3. hennyannie

    hennyannie Songster

    Mar 12, 2011
    North Carolina
    This year I got chicks every week for three weeks and put them in the brooder together. Everything went really well.
  4. luluch10

    luluch10 In the Brooder

    Apr 16, 2011
    Silk Hope, NC
    We will be hatching Dominiques a week or so apart and plan on putting them together!

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