introducing hens

  1. Z

    Introducing two chickens who hate each other

    So, I'm in a bit of a predicament. A while back one of my chickens died. I keep all of my chickens as pets so this was very heartbreaking. I adopted two other chickens to keep my other two happy. I separated them through a wire mesh grate in the coop to keep them separated but they could also...
  2. WildPrimal

    Should you sterilize your coop before adding new chickens to the flock?

    Hello everyone I am new to this website! I have been reading that you should sterilize your coop before introducing new chickens into your flock. I currently have three, 3 month old Rhode Island Red pullets and 4 Barred Rock chicks. The Rhode Island Reds are outside in my large wooden backyard...
  3. juliasc

    Introducing two new hens to our single existing hen.

    Hi everyone! Three days ago we lost our sweet Pie to a heart attack. We are absolutely devastated, but since Pepper is now alone and seemingly very confused and/or bored, we started looking at adopting another hen. (We got Pie and Pepper back in February as baby chicks and they were...
  4. V

    Will my chickens ever get along

    I purchased 3 Rhode Island Reds last spring and this year introduced 2 Jersey Giants. I did the slow introduction over weeks and weeks. We even built a new pen so they were all moving to a new area trying to stop the territorial ways of my Rhode Islands... It appears the Rhode Islands have...
  5. T

    Introducing new hens to a flock with one bird being aggressive

    Hello all, I am newish to the chicken community and I have a really small flock and I'm having some trouble with introductions and I would like some advice. A year-and-a-half ago I endedI ended up gettinggetting a rescue chicken... Long story but I ended up having to get her two companions...
  6. T

    Introducing new hens to a flock with one bird being aggressive

    Hello all, I am newish to the chicken community and I have a really small flock and I'm having some trouble with introductions and I would like some advice. A year-and-a-half ago I endedI ended up gettinggetting a rescue chicken... Long story but I ended up having to get her two companions...
  7. Nolagurl1956

    Adding rescue chicken

    hi, I’ve read that integration of a new hen to the flock is critical. What I need advice on is for how long? I have 2 SLW hens and think I have found a good home for at least one of the SLW Roos. My silvers are about 6months old. I’m bringing in a older hen, don’t know anything about her except...
  8. Bnanners

    Newish to Chickens- Placer county CA

    Hi, I have had a flock of chickens for 3 1/2 years. I have learned a lot since I started!!! The most we have had at one time is 16 hens. (Roosters were too aggressive and noisy- I would like to try again with a more tame one.) We have lost quite a few to hawks, so now we do not free range...
  9. ChickenAhoy

    New Sick Chicken Having Trouble With Introduction to Flock

    We got a new Rhode Island Red hen that was at the bottom of the pecking order at her old home. Unknowingly we found that her head was bald and scabby. The woman that gave us the chicken decided that it was a good idea to introduce the chicken immediately to our two original hens. Lets just say...
  10. T

    Silkie introduction

    Hi would love some advice on Silkie introduction. One of my Silkie hens was killed by a hawk a week ago and my other hen was lonely. We wanted to get her a friend and could only find someone that was selling three Silkie hens. We put them in a cage next to her coop for a day and then introduced...
  11. J

    1 hen left in flock- how to manage

    I have been raising backyard chickens (production red) for just over three years now (as pets). I only have 2 and today, sadly, I lost one to a predator. I'm not sure what got her but I'm devastated and equally concerned about my remaining girl. I have read that it's best not to only have one...
  12. D

    Mean girls!

    I have 4, 4 month old girls that I have had since they were chicks. I inherited a 3.5 month old Ameraucana 2 weeks ago. The initial integration was a disaster. My original 4 attacked the new girl and I ended up having to separate them. I split the new girl and 2 of my more docile girls for a...
  13. Dr Peckenstein

    Introducing new hens to a flock

    Hi! I'm not technically new to the community, but this is my first post so I hope I do this right haha! I've raised chickens since I was young but was forced to stop due to health issues in the family, but now I've gotten a chance to start up my flock again and Ive got chicken fever all over...
  14. path.otto

    Difficult introduction to flock...

    Hi! My neighbors have an Araucana chicken that has adopted me as her flock. This is ok with them as they won't be getting more chickens until spring and with 5 children they don't have much time to devote to her. I don't care for their laisse faire attitude when it comes to their flock so I am...
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