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Re: mixing day-old with 7-day old

Post by chickenfan » Tue Jun 24, 2014 8:48 pm

The lone chick is now 6 days old and I put it with the others for a little while, but it gets bullied by all of them. It is only half their size and is a single chick, which worries me. The 13-day old ones have been a united gang of three for some time. I'm not sure what to do. I could try putting it with one older chick in a completely new place away from its companions when it is dark so they wake up together, but there will still be the big size difference. I think it needs a pecking companion soon, rather than just looking through its container at the other chicks.
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Re: mixing day-old with 7-day old

Post by chickenfan » Tue Jun 24, 2014 10:08 pm

What did you mean by 'putting them onto night and day' at 7 days, Chris?
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Re: mixing day-old with 7-day old

Post by chrismahon » Wed Jun 25, 2014 6:00 am

We have them under a red heat light for the first 7 days Chickenfan, so they can eat and drink at any time. Then we introduce them to night and day using a white heat lamp and a black (ceramic) heat lamp or they go under an electric hen in an area which gets natural daylight -depends on the ambient temperatures. Our last hatch was in October, so it was getting cold and the sun was too low to get much daylight. The first day of the changeover they get very hungry overnight and the second day they have learned and have full crops at night.

It's an improvement over a broody hen rearing them. They grow much faster.
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Re: mixing day-old with 7-day old

Post by chickenfan » Wed Jun 25, 2014 8:23 am

I see. Thanks for your reply Chris. Any suggestions on what I can do next? I can't leave the one chick on its own much longer if it is going to be a normal chick. It wants to join the others, but as it is only half their size it gets bullied by them if I put it in. If I'm going to need another chick of the same age, I'd rather do it asap, as the younger they are, the less illnesses they carry. Do you think I can integrate it with the others, and if so how? And when - at how many days old? I could try putting it in a new environment with just one of the older chicks so the older chick only has this one for company, but it is still going to be a lot bigger.
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Re: mixing day-old with 7-day old

Post by chickenfan » Wed Jun 25, 2014 8:29 am

I forgot to say its very interesting to learn how you get your tiny ones to grow much more quickly at the beginning. Mine are with an electric hen. The 14-day olds have grown very fast (long days) and are very active.
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Re: mixing day-old with 7-day old

Post by chrismahon » Wed Jun 25, 2014 2:06 pm

I think at this stage the older chick may resent being moved, unless you can identify the lowest in the pecking order. But it is worth a try.

We had a young Leghorn bantam pullet desperate to join the main flock. She wasn't laying so I thought it too early but put her in anyway. When she went in she was immediately trodden by the cockerel and then bashed into place by his hens, but that was still where she wanted to be!
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Re: mixing day-old with 7-day old

Post by chickenfan » Wed Jun 25, 2014 8:58 pm

Thanks Chris - so what do you suggest I do? It really didn't work when I put the one chick with the three. It ended up being pecked by all of them hiding on its own and miserable. I could keep it a bit longer in the clear container. I'm sure one of the older one won't like leaving its friends, but I can't think of another option, apart from perhaps buying in another one or two 7-day olds.
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Re: mixing day-old with 7-day old

Post by Marigold » Wed Jun 25, 2014 9:35 pm

I would get a couple more chicks if possible, if you know somewhere near that has some the right age or size, whilst you can. The longer you leave it, the less likely it us that the singleton will be able to relate to other chicks, so there won't be much hope for it becoming a normal thriving bird. Yes you may be bringing in disease but if you can keep them separate they will effectively be quarantined, won't they? The only other solution would seem to be to cull it. It would help you decide if you knew what sex it is, of course!
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Re: mixing day-old with 7-day old

Post by chickenfan » Wed Jun 25, 2014 11:36 pm

Thank you very much for your helpful feedback Marigold. It is far too lovely to cull, and a great little chick, so I will look for a couple of friends for it on Friday. I hope it is not too late at 9 days.
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Re: mixing day-old with 7-day old

Post by Marigold » Thu Jun 26, 2014 7:25 am

That should work, as the new chicks won't have formed a pack and the one you hatched might have the advantage in that situation.
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