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post #21 of 24
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Ok...thank you for clearing that up for me.  Right now she is sleeping all by herself...will that change when the cold weather comes?  I am so concerned the other hens will run when she comes near them (thats what they do now).  

I never had this issue with my last flock.  Thank you so much for teaching me the ropes :)!

post #22 of 24

Where do you live, and how cold are your winters typically?

post #23 of 24
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I live in Central New York...last year was brutal!! Syracuse, NY was in the top 5 for the coldest, snowiest winter in the country....it was -15 some days and I couldn't let the hens out of the coop.  I had to put coconut oil on their combs because they would have gotten frost bite.  We lost 5 of our girls to the coop door not getting closed one night when I was out of town and they got out and couldn't get back in :(....only one survive.  The new hens are now 17 weeks old and this will be there first winter.

post #24 of 24

She will probably start snuggling with the rest out of necessity when it starts to get really cold. 

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