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Reintroducing an injured hen

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I had to remove a hen from my flock that had been injured by my rooster (which is no longer living with my girls). She was away from them for 4 days. I put her back in the coop, but in a dog crate for the last 5 days, so that the other hens would know who she was. When should she be able to go back to hanging with the other hens?

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Hi there.
She should be able to go back in now.
You may not know this but hens remember up to 100 other hen faces
Which means they know her already.
Remember there will be a few little arguments between all the hens because they are
Fixing up the pecking order.
Goodluck
Fionn.
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I breed and show
Gold partridge pekin bantam
Coronation Sussex bantam
Barbu d'Anver quail colour
Black bantam silkie
Cream legbar
Rouen ducks
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Originally Posted by koopkeeper63 View Post
 

I had to remove a hen from my flock that had been injured by my rooster (which is no longer living with my girls). She was away from them for 4 days. I put her back in the coop, but in a dog crate for the last 5 days, so that the other hens would know who she was. When should she be able to go back to hanging with the other hens?

Welcome to BYC!

 

Give it a try....keep an eye on things closely at first.

How badly was she injured and how?

 

Tho chicken maybe able to recognize 100 faces, a bird removed from the flock can become a 'stranger' pretty quickly, so there could well be some fighting.

Great article on VENTILATION, one of THE MOST IMPORTANT aspects of coop design.

Fantastic treatise to help decide how much SPACE your chickens need.

 

Chicken math is not just 'addition'...but also should include Division, Multiplication and especially Subtraction!!!

 

Quoting centrarchid:

"Make every effort to understand your chicken's biology and the environment that supports it."

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Great article on VENTILATION, one of THE MOST IMPORTANT aspects of coop design.

Fantastic treatise to help decide how much SPACE your chickens need.

 

Chicken math is not just 'addition'...but also should include Division, Multiplication and especially Subtraction!!!

 

Quoting centrarchid:

"Make every effort to understand your chicken's biology and the environment that supports it."

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