how do i acclimate(sp)a new hen??

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by kyrose, Dec 25, 2010.

  1. kyrose

    kyrose Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 29, 2009
    Melbourne,Ky.
    hello,a very good friend of mine is giving me a silkie pullet this week that has been kept in a climate controlled building.i will be quarentining her in the house.i have an extra coop my dh build me with 2 in.thick insulartion and has a heat lamp in it.what is the best way to get her used to the cold? i feel bad for her being by herself.i dont have any other new ones to put her with.any advice would be appreciated..thanks.
     
  2. PepsNick

    PepsNick Back to Business

    May 9, 2010
    Egglanta, GA
    Chickens are hardy. She'll be fine. Just give her lots of love during the quarantine, folks quarantine birds alone all the time. I'd also feed her cracked corn to help produce heat. You can do it yourself from the cobs or it should be available at your feed store or home depot.
     
  3. kathyinmo

    kathyinmo Nothing In Moderation

    How old is this pullet you are talking about? Fully feathered, or a chick? It is very difficult to have a single bird, yes. Chickens are social and do much better with others. In winter they roost closely and produce body heat for warmth. I would not suggest putting a Silkie outside, alone in winter at all.

    Corn will not produce heat. That is a myth.
     
  4. kyrose

    kyrose Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 29, 2009
    Melbourne,Ky.
    Quote:shes probably close to a year.definitely fully feathered.i already have 1 house chicken my dh will have a fit if i keep another one in all winter..lol
     

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