We're new to the chicken raising world. We have 4 beauties (2 black Australorps and 2 Barnavelders) who are almost 8 weeks and are almost ready to be introduced to their coop.
Today I made the unfortunate mistake of going to the local feed store (where we got our girls) and they had a beautiful 1-2 old Lavender Orpington chick. I've always wanted a Lavender Orpington and the man behind the counter even let me hold her. I want her! But I am unsure this is a wise decision.
We can legally have 6 backyard chickens in my zone so we'd be still within our legal limits but I'm nervous about the size difference and established pecking order. I'm also nervous because she's the only Lavender they have and I would only want her. That would mean she wouldn't have any friends.
Should I hold off? Or can I make it work? If I get her, should I get another friend for her or will be she okay on her own? How do you go about introductions? She's obviously TOO small to be put into their brooder with them and by the time she's old enough the girls would be in their coop.
These are my girls Betty, Mary (Poppins), Lucy and Ethel