Will they get along?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Cheep Mama, Mar 17, 2008.

  1. Cheep Mama

    Cheep Mama Songster

    Mar 14, 2008
    We are getting an order of buff orps in a few weeks, however I have a chance to get a few Araucanas tomorrow. Since they will be a few weeks apart will they have problems when it comes time to move them all to the coop? Will the Araucanas cause problems for the 2 weeks younger buffs? Also, at some point can I maintain the Araucanas temp for a few weeks instead of decreasing it so that I can put them in the same brooder? Thanks fo any help?
  2. miss_thenorth

    miss_thenorth Songster

    Dec 28, 2007
    SW Ont, Canada
    Hi, and welcome! i don't have any specific answers for your questions, but I'll bump this up for you to see if yu can get some responses.
  3. ruth

    ruth Life is a Journey

    Jul 8, 2007
    Woodville, MS
    Hi Elizabeth3 - Welcome to BYC (hey that rhymes).

    I don't think it will be a problem to mix the two groups that are only 2 weeks difference in ages. What you can do is put the babies in their own brooder (I use a cardboard box with a clamp light). Let them stay till they are about 2 weeks old. Then put them and the 4 week olds together. I never keep temps at 95 and downward. I just use a 75 watt bulb in a clamp light and watch the chicks. If they are moving far away, and especially if panting, they are too hot - move light higher. If they are huddling under it - they are too cold - move light lower. I use this method regardless of age. But, in all honesty, I rarely use a heat light past 4 weeks of age but then again, I live where it's warm and they can go outside at two weeks old or sometimes 2 days old. They feather out much faster if you use less heat and let them go outside ASAP.
    Last edited: Mar 17, 2008

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