Mixing new arrivals with 2½ weeks old

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Sandrine
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Mixing new arrivals with 2½ weeks old

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So I have now a slight space dilemma....
As you may (or not) know I hatched 4 chicks in my incubator nearly 3 weeks ago. I have had them in a brood box which can hold up to 8 chicks I'd say, though it would probably get a little cramped in there eventually.
I have a heating plate in there, although I've removed it now because the 4 chicks aren't stopping underneath it anymore. They just bunch up together at night and in the day they just run around the box, scratch/forage etc all stuff they'd do in the run if they were outside.

Today the eggs that have been under my eldest hen are hatching. Well one so far. There are 6 altogether. I can't leave them in the coop because it's not adequate for chicks. They'll likely suffocate at night, like 3 did in the past when I had completely missed hatching (it happened early evening after the coop door was closed), or they'll fall to their death because it's much too high for little adventurers.

I had planned to mix the chicks in the brooder box, but I had forgotten how quickly they grow and I am now thinking that it wouldn't be a good idea at all....

So... Would it be ok to put the older chicks in their outside home now? I can't remember how old my current homegrown chickens were before they went outside but the box I had was even smaller, so 3 weeks sounds about right to be fair. Their outside home is a run and a small coop/nesting box, mostly shielded from the elements.

What do you think?
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Re: Mixing new arrivals with 2½ weeks old

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I wouldn't put them outside without a broody or some form of heat, till they were around 6 - 8 weeks. They won't have developed their proper feathers sufficiently yet to keep warm. I wouldn't mix the 3 week olds with newly hatched chicks either because of the risk of infection, and the fact the older chicks are likely to give the new ones a hard time.
Sandrine
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Re: Mixing new arrivals with 2½ weeks old

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Well I have put the 3weeks old ones outside today just for some outside time in the sun.... Whilst I can sort their next home out. And the newly hatched can go under the heat plate in the brooder box readjusted to a lower height suitable for this tiny fellow. I thought about them giving the new ones a hard time too to be fair...
We're not using Suzie cage anymore - she's outgrown it, so she's in the kitchen when we need her to have some quiet time - so I am going to use this as the next brooder, with some adjustments of course so they don't get cold - not that they would as it's warm enough in the house for them, but thinking of draughts tbf. They will be all nice and cosy...

Well Suzie, our resident collie chicken watcher is not interested in the adults anymore whilst the little ones are having some outside time 🐥🐣😂

I've added a photo of the first hatched today - more on their way. Punkie (the dad) keeps going in the nesting box on a regular basis - which is unusual for him. And a photo which shows how fast the 2 ½ weeks old have grown...
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Re: Mixing new arrivals with 2½ weeks old

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Ahhh! Thanks for posting the photos Sandrine!
Chickens are a girl's best friend (though diamonds would be nice too!)
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Re: Mixing new arrivals with 2½ weeks old

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Little cuties aren't they?
Pand cheeky monkeys... The managed to find the one tiny little space I'd missed and got out of the crate.... ! Luckily we are keeping them in a closed room (away from Suzie) so they couldn't go far... But still! I just couldn't believe it lol 🙈
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