HELP!!!!!!!!!!!! Introducing chick to a flock.

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by bustnova, Jul 7, 2008.

  1. bustnova

    bustnova Out Of The Brooder

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    I was given 2 sick naked necks about 3 weeks back. One died 2 days later. The other is doing great and growing like a weed. My guess at the age or the chick now is about 6-7 weeks. She has almost all of her feathers and very little fluff left. My question is how do I get her into my flock? Everytime I put her with my other chickens they peck at her. They have even torn her skin on her little naked neck. The rooster doesn't even notice her. It is the 2 hens that peck her.
     
  2. Wynette

    Wynette Moderator Staff Member

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    First of all, WELCOME to BYC!!

    You need to introduce them very slowly. If you have a way to separate her so that she can see the others, that's the perfect way to introduce them. It may take a few weeks, but the longer intro. period you can do, the easier it will be for her. Do you have a dog crate? They work well for this. When you put them together, make sure she has a place to go that none of the big girls can reach her. some folks use an old screen door leaned up against the side, I've used an old wooden pallet; some place she can get to where she feels safe. Some folks put them in the chicken coop in the middle of the night after the intro. period so that when the chickens wake up, they are all together. I've not had the courage to do this. There will be some pecking, but as I said the longer intro. period you can give her, the better. Bless you for getting her back to a healthy stage, and you're right on the age; it's typically 6-7 weeks when they are just feathered out. GOOD LUCK!
     
  3. bustnova

    bustnova Out Of The Brooder

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    I have her in a rabbit cage inside the coop. When I am there I let her out and can intervene if needed. I have a large dorhouse on top of a plastic pallet. She can still fit under there for now. I will get some new pics of her and post them sometime this week.

    Here is a picture of her when I got her.
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  4. Wynette

    Wynette Moderator Staff Member

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    Awe! I gotta say, I never used to think much of NNs for their looks....but, lately, I've been changing my tune! She's a cutie!
     

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