Had three... now have two...

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Deanmamarama, Jun 20, 2011.

  1. Deanmamarama

    Deanmamarama New Egg

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    My brood of Brahmas consisted of three hens and today, one of them escaped the coop and had an unfortunate run in with my dog. Will the other two be lonely without her? They're only 8 weeks old. Would it be difficult to introduce a third hen back into the brood? Our coop will be fixed this week.......[​IMG]
     
  2. Judy

    Judy Moderator Staff Member

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    Sorry. The family dog has been the predator for a lot of people. You might be able to add one of the same age and size, but it also might be safer to wait til they are at point of lay or longer. The two should do fine -- one is not a good idea, but two should be OK.
     
  3. snowflake

    snowflake Chillin' With My Peeps

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    if you add one as close to the same age, add her at night, the silly girls wake up and assume she has been there all along. Can you add 2 more? that way the new one will be lass likely to be picked on. sorry for your loss Brahma's are so sweet
     
  4. Deanmamarama

    Deanmamarama New Egg

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    I only have room for three.... What if I added one that was slightly older and stronger? Would that help her to not be bullied? Perhaps?
     
  5. teach1rusl

    teach1rusl Love My Chickens

    Well let me know if that works - I've been thinking of doing something similar to my little band of three bantams. My two silkies hang tight, so my little d'uccle is a bit of an outsider. Because of this, I've thought of adding a single bantam of a docile, flat feathered breed. Like you, I was thinking that maybe if I went a bit older, the newbie had a better shot of NOT getting picked on... [​IMG] I think your two would be perfectly happy together, but if you're WANTING three (for the eggs down the road), then I think that's the route I would try - since yours basically 2 months old, maybe one that is 3 or 4 months old???
     

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