When to mix different aged chicks?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Tooshay89, Apr 18, 2016.

  1. Tooshay89

    Tooshay89 Out Of The Brooder

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    So, I have 7 four week old chicks. (We had 8, but our cannibal killer chick was re-homed to a local farmer.) Last week I went to our local Rural King to pick up more chick food that was on sale and I looked in the chick bins. Bad move, I know. They had Ameraucanas! (AKA Easter Eggers because I know Rural King can't possibly sell Ameraucanas, but that's how they label them...) Long story short, we have two new EEs. No hatch date was listed but I'm pretty sure they're no more than a week old. They have the start of their wing feathers, but that's it.

    They are in part of our current chicken coop with a mama heating pad (yay! no more scary bulbs!) and hardware cloth separates them from the current 4 weekers. I've looked up a ton of threads on here and I know that the two age groups shouldn't be together right now, and I definitely don't want the babies trampled, but I'm having trouble figuring out the timeline and when they SHOULD be together without a seperator. The two babies need heat for a while, and my 4 weekers are pretty much weaned off of the heat (it's almost 90 degrees here during the day already..)

    Also - our new, larger coop is being delivered on Thursday, so they will all be moving into that by the weekend, if that matters at all.
     
    Last edited: Apr 18, 2016
  2. Jensownzoo

    Jensownzoo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Depends on how much space they have and whether you have things in their environment that the smaller chicks can use to hide/distract the bigs/elude a chaser. I just put together a group that was probably just as different in size as yours, but they're in a 10x10' area with things to climb on/through/under, lots of straw to scratch through, distractions in the form of nosy goats and outdoor noises, etc.. Everyone has done fine.
     
  3. Tooshay89

    Tooshay89 Out Of The Brooder

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    As far as space, the new coop is 6ftx8ft and we're building an attached run that'll be 130 sq feet. I wasn't planning on removing the separator right away in the new coop, but possibly after the run is in place, maybe? They will have lots of distractions/different areas to explore.
     

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