When Should I

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by NewChickener784, Apr 4, 2016.

  1. NewChickener784

    NewChickener784 Out Of The Brooder

    Mar 21, 2016
    I currently have 8 chicks, 6 RIR and 2 BO, currently 3.5 weeks old. I have been told by folks on here that 2 are cocks. I do not want the cocks, and plan to get rid of them. That said, I have seen the option to buy chickens that are 4-9 weeks old, and I am tempted to go that route, but I don't know how soon I should do this, and if it is a good idea? Would I be able to go ahead and put the 4-9 week olds in with my current bunch, or should they be kept segregated?

    If I were to go with the day old chick route, how long would it be suggested to wait until I put them out with my current bunch, or if I did this soon, would it matter either way?
  2. sawilliams

    sawilliams Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 12, 2015
    Nor Cal
    Depends on thier true age. If the new ones are about the same size and you have enough space then yes I think it would be ok to mix them. However depending on your area 4-9 weeks might also be ok to go out side. So if you get a few that are obviously bigger then the others I would put them strict into the coop and run till your littles are about 5 weeks or featheredand big enough to go out side

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