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Adding to my flock

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by jessandlucy, May 1, 2017.

  1. jessandlucy

    jessandlucy Just Hatched

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    I only have one chicken at the moment and would like some more. I think she's lonely as she sits at the back door all day.

    If I buy two chickens that have come from the same place, will they get together and bully my current girl?

    And can you mix breeds? I have a bantam so I'm assuming I need to buy hens of a similar size. And is it OK to not have a rooster? I live in a residential area and it's against council law to have one.
     
  2. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Sits With Chickens Premium Member

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    I would get younger birds to minimize the chance that they will bully your hen, younger than 5 months, older birds would probably gang up on your single hen. I would get bantams only, and no rooster is necessary.
     
  3. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    Probably better to stick to bantam sized birds...no males needed.

    Do you have space for 2 more birds?
    Crowding can be a real problem...
    ...adding birds often goes better if you have extra space.
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/a/how-much-room-do-chickens-need

    Read up on integration..... BYC advanced search>titles only>integration
    This is good place to start reading, tho some info is outdated IMO:
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/a/adding-to-your-flock
     
    Last edited: May 2, 2017

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