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One lonely hen and baby chicks

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So I had to separate a buff orpington from other chickens because repeatedly they kept torturing her to the point of removing all her head feathers and making her nose bleed. She's all better and heeled. She really misses being with other chickens. I don't want to add her back with the same age chickens(one year olds) I have 17 4-5 weeks old buff and Easter Eggers. How old should the babies be before I combine the two if possible. She's sweet but freezes when attacked. I'm planning to put her cage next to theirs before as well.
Edited by elmoflim - 3/28/16 at 5:00pm
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they were staying in the coop part for the heat lamp so I decided to lock them in and put her in it. Lucky thing today is something tried to get her today, but do to the latches on the door they couldn't take the door completely so she survived. Unfortunately I don't want to take the chance tomorrow.
Edited by elmoflim - 3/28/16 at 6:21pm
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I've managed to put a similar hen (mine was a silkie) in with brooder babies and it went well. I'd say go ahead and introduce her to them, whenever you can keep an eye on them. Since she's by herself, she's likely to just accept them for a bunch of babies. She may give them a peck now and then to remind them she's the adult and is to be respected, but there shouldn't be any chasing or real aggression. 

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Rachel BB

Stem cell transplant from unrelated donor in Feb 2015. Thank you to all my friends here on BYC for all your support during my treatment and ongoing recovery!

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I've managed to put a similar hen (mine was a silkie) in with brooder babies and it went well. I'd say go ahead and introduce her to them, whenever you can keep an eye on them. Since she's by herself, she's likely to just accept them for a bunch of babies. She may give them a peck now and then to remind them she's the adult and is to be respected, but there shouldn't be any chasing or real aggression. 
So far she's been purring and keeping a look out while they are in the nest box under the heat lamp. Occasionally they've been running to her and doing whatever she is. She's one of the sweetest I've had and calmest. Silkies are my dream chicken! 😄
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Some of the babies were picking on her so I took her out.
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I've managed to put a similar hen (mine was a silkie) in with brooder babies and it went well. I'd say go ahead and introduce her to them, whenever you can keep an eye on them. Since she's by herself, she's likely to just accept them for a bunch of babies. She may give them a peck now and then to remind them she's the adult and is to be respected, but there shouldn't be any chasing or real aggression. 
I ended up buying a silkie rooster and put the two together. So far so good smile.png
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