Adding a rescue chicken to my flock

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Wise Woman, Aug 1, 2011.

  1. Wise Woman

    Wise Woman Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 12, 2011
    The Enchanted Forest
    I have never done anything like this before. Normally I get about a dozen chicks, raise them together and eventually introduce them to who ever is left of the previous flock. However, this year I seem to be having difficulty getting the chicks I want and now find myself with two sets of youngsters. One set is 4 cochins and 1 Marans and they are about 4 months old now. I have another 4 chicks, 2 Marans and 2 EE that are about 6 weeks old. I also have my flock of 7 old girls out in our coop.

    Here is the problem. My daughter volunteers at a horse and farm animal rescue and they have an EE hen there that was getting pecked severely in her chicken pen. She has a real mish mash of poultry in there including a peacock. So she moved the hen out and put her in her only other available coop which houses 2 polish roosters that were left there. They seem to get along ok, but are very rough with her. Her whole back is bald and she always looks scared. My daughter asked me if we could take her as she lays nicely and really needs a better situation than the rescue can provide. So I agreed. I will be going to get her this weekend.

    I have never done this before. I know I need to quarantine her and I have plenty of crates and cages and will be setting her up with her own set up away from my current flocks. So now I am wondering once I get her, what should I do? Worm her? Feed her a special diet? I know I will be keeping her separate to see if she is healthy or not, but I am not sure what she will need meds or food wise. We don't give our chickens medications on a regular basis, only when needed and will be treating her the same way once I am sure she is healthy. Obviously 2 roosters to one hen is overkill and so I am sure once she is away from them, she will grow her feathers back. She is not sick that I am aware of, but keeping her separate will help me know that for sure and once she has a clean bill of health I can put her out with some of the other girls. Which brings up my next question.

    Once she is healthy, where would you suggest I put her? With the older girls in the coop, with the teenagers in their coop or with the babies in their little house? In the end they will all be together, I just wanted her to bond with a group prior to me putting them all together. There is safety in numbers and wanted her to have some buddies. I will be blending them all together later this year once the new coop is built. I figure the older girls will be pretty discombooberated by the move and that will be a good time to slip the new girls all in. Or maybe this is a bad idea. I am not sure. Anyway, any suggestions for the rescue chicken will be gratefully received.
  2. chickensRcute

    chickensRcute Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 23, 2011
    I have recently added three sets of different ages together. I keep them apart until you know they are healthy, then I put them in a cage down low where everyone can see each other. I do that for up to two weeks then I put them out with the others. I think it has gone very well with very little fighting. I had a roo that I had by himself and I know you should put them in as a twosome or more so that no one picks on them but he seemed to do well on his own. He is a little strange anyways so maybe they sensed this and didn't have any problem with him as a lonely new intro! I wish you luck with your rescue, I have done the same. As for the baldness, you may want to keep her apart until she gets her feathers back. I am having problems with my birds pulling the quills out as they come in![​IMG] Once the feathers are in, they don't have a problem![​IMG]
  3. dianaross77

    dianaross77 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 10, 2010
    Grand Blanc, MI
    If it were me while she was in quarantine I would:
    Worm her
    Dust her for mites/lice
    Feed her high protein feed (gamebird) to help her grow some feathers.
    You don't need to keep her in quarantine until her feathers grow back if she had an apron to wear. I would introduce her to a small group of chicks first so she won't be picked on as bad.

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