Adding hens to a flock

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by FarmGirlKate, Feb 5, 2013.

  1. FarmGirlKate

    FarmGirlKate New Egg

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    Hi there, I'm interested in adding another hen to my flock of two. Do I need to be concerned about the size of the breed of the new hen? My two current hens are a Buff Orpington and a Silver Laced Wyandotte, so they are fairly large. Do I need to get one that is about the same size? I had originally wanted to get an Apenzeller Spitzhauben or a Cream Legbar. But I am concerned that they might be too small and get beat up on with the other two larger (and older) hens.

    Thanks!!!

    -FarmGirlKate
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  2. canesisters

    canesisters Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Chickens do not seem to notice or care about breed differences - larger / smaller / different colors / etc. Sometimes a chicken with a VERY different appearance will get picked on - like a polish might get it's crest pulled at... my marans roo gets his foot feathers picked at a little.. but for the most part they seem to simply see 'chicken'.
    However there are some important things to consider before adding ANY bird to your flock. There is a link in my signature line that will take you to an excellent article (by Speckledhen, I think). It's worth a read.

    Good luck with your new birds.

    Debbie
     
  3. Johnn

    Johnn Overrun With Chickens

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    Buff orpingtons can be REALLY nasty with new hens, i think the Cream Legbar will be fine, i kept them together and the cream legbar was the boss of all the orpingtons. Mebys you should get two Cream Legbars or something the same size as a Cream Legbar :)
     
  4. NestingHillsSC

    NestingHillsSC Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have all different size chickens. They all get picked on when there first introduced. LOL. A few months ago I got a pretty big RIR roo. My avatar. Hell all the hen when right for him. Looked like roos fighting roos. [​IMG] Those girls aren't afraid of anything. They still buckup at him sometimes if there food they want. He's not to bright sometimes.[​IMG]
     

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