Can I Add A Mama Hen & Her 10 Babies ?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by mrszlopez, May 12, 2009.

  1. mrszlopez

    mrszlopez Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I got a Silkie mommy hen with her 10 babies from the auction the other day & i have been concerned with adding them to my silkie flock. I have two broody hens sitting on eggs in the coop & im afraid there might be fights amongst the hens if i add them. Ive never gone thru this before & i dont want the babies to be hurt. Any suggestions ?
     
  2. Sunny Side Up

    Sunny Side Up Count your many blessings...

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    You're going to want to keep them quarantined for at least 4 weeks anyway, this will give the chicks a chance to get some growth on them. Then you can place their cage nearer your others, and let everyone get acquainted through the wire before mixing them in together.

    I wish you success, & fun!
     
  3. vnploveschickens

    vnploveschickens Chillin' With My Peeps

    You should quarrantine the family for 30 days to make sure everyone is healthy before adding to your own flock. You wouldn't want to spread an illness.
     
  4. mrszlopez

    mrszlopez Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Okay. Theyre in my spare room right now chirping away. So ill give it another week or two & send them outside. Thanks !
     

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