Do chickens remember each other?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Trish1974, Aug 13, 2016.

  1. Trish1974

    Trish1974 Araucana enthusiast

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    Last Wednesday I became mother hen to 5 - 5 month old pullets. One buff orp, one golden comet, and three black austrolorps. The man I bought him from had 7 pullets for sale, but my plan was to get a rooster so I didn't want to overcrowd the coop by getting all seven. The girls are just wonderful! Friendly, well behaved, obedient. I spend a lot of time sitting in their run with them, talking to them and giving them treats. I have decided I don't want to risk ruining this relationship by getting a rooster. So now that I have nixed that idea I am thinking about going back and getting the other 2 pullets. If I do that will they remember each other and resume their pecking order? Its been slightly less than a week since they have all been together.
     
  2. AstralStorm

    AstralStorm In the Brooder

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    If it's only been a week they should be okay. There may be some arguments but nothing major. If you're concerned you could put the new ones into a large dog crate or section off an area of the coop for them. It isn't likely they will cause any problems. Good luck:)
     
  3. lovemy6hens

    lovemy6hens Songster

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    They will remember.
     
  4. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler!

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    I would not count on them 'remembering' their old flock mates after a week.
    .....and after a week, the birds in your coop may feel sufficiently territorial to defend it against any newcomers.

    With your coop being only 4x6', 5 birds is plenty, adding more might get crowded.
     
  5. Trish1974

    Trish1974 Araucana enthusiast

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    Thanks everyone!
     
  6. lazy gardener

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    With a coop that size, as Aart says, I would not add any more birds. And that coop is definitely too small for a roo.
     

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