Younger chicks with older chicks?

coffeemama

Barista Queen
11 Years
Mar 5, 2008
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I am going to have some babies hatch out in a week and a half or so. Then I'm going to put some more eggs in the incubator. The chicks will be about 3 weeks apart in age. I know I can't put day/week old chicks in with month old chicks, but when can I mix them together?
 

ebonykawai

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Dec 27, 2007
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I'll have the same issue, mine will be 2 weeks apart. I was going to put them all together when the younger ones are a week old. I have two brooders so I'm going to move the older ones in with the younger ones so there's no major territorial stuff going on. I figure the week olds won't be big enough to kick the older one's butts, lol.
 

Rafter 7 Paint Horses

Songster
13 Years
Jan 13, 2007
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East Texas
I don't know how y'all can mix ages and it works.

I can only put baby chicks together if they were hatched within 1 week of each other.

If I try to mix any other ages, they start dying.
All the old-timers tell me not to mix ages of chicks, until they are fully feathered.

I'm glad y'all can do this. I wouldn't have to have so many different pens if I could mix them.

Jean
 

sclanimals

Songster
12 Years
May 31, 2007
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I mix mine up to two weeks apart. But I have chicks hatching everyday so there are so many mixed up in there. We haven't had a problem so far.
 

YoungChickenOwner

In the Brooder
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Mar 25, 2008
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I have had similar issues...what i did was once the younger chicks were (for the most part) all featherd out, around 3-4 weeks. I mixed them with the older ones. The younger the better, once they get older (the males especially) become territorial around 8-10 weeks.

Another hint to doing this is adding them in and watching very closely for about 30 minutes to see how they treat eachother....


after awhile there one big happy family!
 

coffeemama

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I figured I would wait until they were feathered out. I will be selling a bunch of them anyway. Thanks all!
 

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