Can i introduce a rescue/adopted chicken to an older one?

thebirdwoman

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Right now we only have one chicken, the other one passed away a few months ago and she looks so lonely and i know chickens are very social creatures but i know that i need to be careful introducing a new bird. Pumpkin is atleast 4 or 5 years old, so i would look for an older bird but i could use some advice! I just moved into the house and ive never taken care of chickens really before but i love them
 

Mrs. K

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Well, it might be hard to find an older bird. Regardless what you find, Pumpkin is not going to like the newcomer for a while. But I do agree that it would be better for her in the long run. I would look for some point of lay birds, or pullets, and I would want to add two birds.

Adding a single bird is very hard, but one on one, is better. However, if your bird is 4-5 years old, I would expect that there is a very real possibility that her time is nearly up. So if you only add a single bird, you would be back in the same place as you are now.

A lot depends on your set up. Can you post pictures? It can help with the advice.

Mrs K
 

aart

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I just moved into the house and ive never taken care of chickens really before
So the chickens came with the new house?
Do you really want to keep chickens?

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