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Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by kshimpi, Oct 19, 2015.

  1. kshimpi

    kshimpi Out Of The Brooder

    Jul 13, 2012
    We used this forum 3 years ago when we first started raising back yard chickens. We started with 2 australorps, a buff orpington and an americana, The americana died after 2 yrs (egg bound) and we recently lost the buff orpington and an australorp to coyotes. So now we have just one chicken and are trying to decide what to do.
    Do we try to rehome the australorp into another flock? She is still a good layer. Or do we get some started pullets to add to our flock...or bird. If we add started pullets, which breeds would be best?

    Any advice would be greatly appreciated!

  2. Peep_Show

    Peep_Show Overrun With Chickens

    Mar 14, 2010
    Corrales, NM
    Started pullets and at least two of them. I find when you introduce a mass of birds there's less bullying.
    Pick the breeds you like.
    Last edited: Oct 19, 2015
  3. BDutch

    BDutch Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 19, 2015
    the Netherlands
    My Coop
    Hi, the breed you choose is personal. If you like you're australorp, I would try to get hold of another australorp.
    But another breed of about the same weight/size will do fine too.

    If you want to make it easy for you're chicken , best add one chicken now and if they get along well put 2 more chickens to the flock after a month or 2.

    That way you minimize the chances for ongoing intolerant behaviour.
  4. Mutt Farm

    Mutt Farm Chillin' With My Peeps

    Welcome back! I'll ditto @Peep_Show to add a couple or so, not just one. I'd steer clear of the more aggressive breeds, but your choices are endless. Australorps and Orpingtons are favorites of mine, but so many to choose from. sorry for your losses and good luck!
  5. N F C

    N F C doo be doo be doo Premium Member Project Manager

    Dec 12, 2013

    I'm sorry for your losses. Your single Australorp must be lonely, chickens prefer the company of others so good for you on looking for more.

    I would also add 2 more started birds and follow the recommendations to isolate them for about 30 days to be sure they are healthy and not bringing in illness or pests. Then give all 3 birds a chance to see but not touch each other so they'll have time to get acquainted. That should help make it easier to integrate them into one flock.

    Lots of nice breeds to choose from so have fun with that!
  6. appps

    appps Overrun With Chickens

    Aug 29, 2012
    To re home or restock really depends on if you are able to now protect from the coyotes?
  7. Peep-Chicken

    Peep-Chicken Overrun With Chickens

    Jun 10, 2013
    My Coop
    Hello :frow and welcome to BYC!
  8. kshimpi

    kshimpi Out Of The Brooder

    Jul 13, 2012
    I can protect them from the coyotes. The chickens would go in the coop at night but I never locked it b/c they free ranged in our back yard with a 6ft privacy fence for 3 years with no predators. I have an alarm set on my phone now to remind me at dusk to go and lock up the coop.
  9. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

    Jun 15, 2012
    My Coop
    Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us! :)
  10. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    What a shame you lost them. Coyotes will be back, once predators get an easy meal they keep coming back until there is nothing left.

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