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adding a hen

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by stoneeater, May 15, 2011.

  1. stoneeater

    stoneeater Out Of The Brooder

    Mar 9, 2011
    Jacksonville, Fl.
    I have 2 Australorps. I bought them as sexed by the hatchery pullets at the end of march when they were maybe a week old. Now they're around 7-8 weeks old and I strongly suspect one is a roo even though he hasn't crowed yet. So he should need more hens so he won't abuse my single hen correct? I don't think he will be chasing down the bantam hens at all will he? So on craigslist; someone is offering a BA hen that is almost ready to lay, so maybe around 16-20 weeks?
    Will the age difference be an issue at first? The bantams they live with are at most 11-12 weeks old.
    How long should she be quarenteened?
    When going to inspect a hen, are there signs you should look for as far as the health goes?
    Any answers to other questions that I haven't thought of yet?
    Ooh! What would you feed her? Everyone else is on medicated chick feed still. Grower with an oyster shell option?
  2. Judy

    Judy Moderator Staff Member

    Feb 5, 2009
    South Georgia
    Grower (or flock raiser) with an oyster shell option is just what I feed my whole flock all the time. Chicks don't get harmful calcium, roosters don't get more calcium than they need, and my eggshells are fine. Here's a good writeup on integrating chickens:


    Actually if I were going to do this, after the quarantine, I would then put one of my own in with the new bird and still keep them separate for another 2 or 3 weeks. That way if either had a disease without symptoms, it would be more likely to show up.
  3. stoneeater

    stoneeater Out Of The Brooder

    Mar 9, 2011
    Jacksonville, Fl.
    Wow. That was a great link.
    I don't think I want an adult chicken now.
    Unfortunately for my wife; the feedstore has baby aussies in. [​IMG]
    I wonder if she'll notice the brooder back in the bathroom.[​IMG]

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