adding a new chicken to the coop

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by beckysaur, Mar 14, 2009.

  1. beckysaur

    beckysaur In the Brooder

    Sep 30, 2008
    Portland, Oregon
    I have two Buff Orpington hens in backyard coop. They are about 5 months old. I would like to get one more chick to add to the mix. Will this be a problem? Are there certain breeds that adapt to this better?
    Thanks for any advice!
  2. chookchick

    chookchick Songster

    Aug 18, 2008
    Olympia WA
    By 5 months they are going to be very antagonistic to any strange chickens. Could you possibly get two of them to introduce together? They should go through one month of quarantine and two weeks of separation by wire to get to know the others before introduction. Two can keep each other company during the process. By six months they will be almost full grown so it probably doesn't matter what age they are as long as they are the same size.

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