urgent question

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by mener6896, Jun 15, 2009.

  1. mener6896

    mener6896 Songster

    Apr 21, 2009
    Noblesville, IN
    sorry for the urgency, but I am about to go get some more chicks....

    I have 27 chicks that are a week old, variety of breeds. I am about to go get 2 more, cochins. The lady that has them has week old up to 5weeks. I told her I prefer the week olds, since it is the same age as mine.

    Can I put these directly in the brooder with mine? I leave in an hour, so I'm hoping for a quick response! [​IMG]
  2. Holly O

    Holly O Songster

    May 1, 2009
    Bergen Norway
    I do not see why Not. If anything Seperate them if thier seems to be a problem.
    Last edited: Jun 15, 2009
  3. columbiacritter

    columbiacritter Songster

    Jun 7, 2008
    Scappoose Oregon
    Your biggest risk is disease. If you trust the gal you are pickign them up from to run a good clean operation........
  4. Sillystunt

    Sillystunt Master of the Silly

    Jul 11, 2008
    Winter Haven, FL
    i would not introduce them right away. Put them away from others incase of them transfering anything to your flock.

    Then slowly introduce them to you other birds, they might try to peck them to dealth cause they don't know them. Shouldn't take long since they are close in age.

    I am having the same issues with my new chicks and hens.....geessshh Chicken fights! Would have thought i was in Tampa at a cock fight [​IMG]
  5. Jamsoundsgood

    Jamsoundsgood Songster

    Jun 11, 2009
    Olympia, WA
    At a week old I wouldn't worry about fighting and if they are from the same place the risk from disease is probably not all that high. I added about five chickies to my brooder about a week and a half after my others and there wasn't a problem at all. Good Luck, and post pics![​IMG]
  6. mener6896

    mener6896 Songster

    Apr 21, 2009
    Noblesville, IN
    thanks for all the advice!! I went ahead and put them in, the others didn't seem to pay attention at all!! I will make sure to keep an eye on them though!!

    Aren't they sweet?! This was before I put them in.

  7. Dar

    Dar Crowing

    Jul 31, 2008
    1 word....

  8. hawtchick

    hawtchick Songster

    Jun 11, 2008
    New Hampshire
    You really need to listen to the pp about biosecurity.
    I know how hard it is to keep new chicks separated, but if the flock you received the chicks from had anything, even without any symptoms, it could, wipeout your entire flock.
    Look up purplechicken (I think), he posted an important video regarding this heartbraking subject.
    Good luck!
  9. cochinbantam-lover

    cochinbantam-lover Songster

    May 1, 2009
    Awwwww what sweet babies, hope it all works out for you and all your chicks!! [​IMG]
  10. mener6896

    mener6896 Songster

    Apr 21, 2009
    Noblesville, IN
    I asked my good friend about the biosecurity, She has had over 65-70 chickens for many, many years...she assured my they would be okay. She has never quarantined hers when adding new birds.

    Now before I get blasted with responses, I realize there are many opinions on this subject. The person I got the cochins from has a well established flock, she breeds them and every area that I looked at, all seemed very healthy.

    thanks for the opinions, but Laverne and Shirley are getting along great with the others. [​IMG]

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