Adopting a broody stray today -- how do I mix her in with my flock?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Shrader, Mar 24, 2009.

  1. Shrader

    Shrader Chillin' With My Peeps

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    A woman who lives near me has had a Rhode Island Red living in her back yard for the past few months.
    She's not sure where she came from.
    It sounds like she's broody -- she's been sitting on a clutch of eggs for a week or so.
    I'm going to pick her up this afternoon.
    I have 4 hens right now.
    What's the proper way to mix a new adult hen in?

    Thanks!
     
  2. flakey chick

    flakey chick Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 3, 2007
    Florida
    Quarantine, quarantine, quarantine. Keep her separate for about 1 month to make sure she doesn't sicken your whole flock. For now a dog crate should be fine.
     
  3. Shrader

    Shrader Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Wow, a whole month! Okay. Thanks.
     
  4. katrinag

    katrinag Chillin' With My Peeps

    I agree keep her away from you flock for at least 30 days. Watch for signs of infections etc... Then you can put her with the at night when they are roosting. Keep on eye on them in the moring.
     

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