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I have a question and I'm not sure if this is where i post this, as I'm new here. I recently accquired 2 new hens, one a Easter Egger and one a Red. Well, sadly my red (Peggy Sue) got out and hasn't returned 😥. I am absolutely heartbroken. I want to get a new hen to "replace" her. My easter egger( Henrietta) is about 7 month old and just started laying. My question is should I get a hen about the same age and is there certain breeds that go best with others? I know about the pecking order but is there an easy way to do this?? Any help is appreciated!!
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I'm sorry about the loss of Peggy Sue. It's always sad to lose one of our flock. :o( You definitely need to get another hen of a similar age and size. Even then you need to introduce the new hen very carefully and slowly using the "look but don't touch" method. There is a good article at https://poultrykeeper.com/general-chickens/introducing-new-chickens/ explaining how to do it. Standard sized breeds that have a well deserved reputation for being calm and gentle include Australorps, Orpingtons, Cochins, Brahmas, Sussex, and Faverolles. If high egg production is a priority, Australorps are the best layers on this list. Of course where temperament is concerned, keep in mind that there can always be an exception with any breed.


Edited by Michael OShay - 11/29/15 at 8:05pm
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Thank you so much for the info! I am so new to all this 😊🐔
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Thank you so much for the info! I am so new to all this 😊🐔


You're welcome.

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Howdy jnunez and Welcome to BYC!

 

I am also sorry to hear of your loss :(

 

Michael has given you some good information and the link to a good article.  Today, I have been having a similar conversation with someone on another thread and thought you might like to take a look.  While the scenarios are not exactly the same there has been some discussion of pros and cons etc that may be helpful.

 

http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/1064433/integrating-new-additions

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Teila's Tales from the Coop: http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/1109051/teilas-tales-from-the-coop

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Bambrook Bantams; Home to Cilla, Dusty, LuLu, Blondie and Crystal

 

'There is No snooze button on a chicken who wants breakfast'

 

'Until One Has Loved An Animal, Part Of Their Soul Remains Unawakened'

 

My Chicken Page: http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/bambrook-bantams

 

Teila's Tales from the Coop: http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/1109051/teilas-tales-from-the-coop

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