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by Monica Melograna-Ward

We run a small operation here hatching chicks. Therefore, multiple breeds and types of young fowl are sometimes housed together. We have found out that you have to pay close attention to the type, age, size, etc. that are kept in these groups.

It is recommended to keep birds of similar ages together. Chickens and other fowl are territorial and can be aggressive towards one another. Our first experience was putting month+ old chicks in with our adult guinea fowl hen and chicken hen. One chick was dead and one injured before we realized our mistake.

Another thing to watch out for is brand new wet chicks right out of the shell. The chicks that are already in the brooder may mistake them for food or may take advantage of this vulnerable stage. You must let a chick dry out and be happily on its feet toddling about before introducing them to the other babies. We found this out recently (the hard way again) when a brand new one was put in with the rest.

Chicks Share 1

Chicks Share 2

Size is important. If you house a range of sizes together, make sure there are places for them to get out of the way of the bigger chicks. I have heard that turkeys should not be housed with chickens (for the turkeys health benefit), but we know a lot of people who keep them together.

Use your common sense and information you find on the subject to base your decisions on. No matter how you choose to do this, it is likely that there will be losses here and there. There are parts of running the Farmette that are difficult, but overall it is a great lifestyle.

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