How to add a new hen to current flock?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by RedJasper, Sep 5, 2010.

  1. RedJasper

    RedJasper Out Of The Brooder

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    Apr 20, 2010
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    I just got a new hen on Thursday, as a trade for a Rooster.

    Shannon is a New Hampshire and was born around Easter. The 2nd night she was here, (well, sometime overnight) she laid an egg, and not an egg since.

    1) How should I have introduced her to the rest of the flock? One of my hens around her age tries to keep her from eating and chases her around. (Which is NOTHING in comparison to the "boys".)

    2) Is it possible she isn't laying because she is out of her element at a new house and too scared?

    3) How do you check for being egg bound and what do you do for it?

    Thanks!
    Keri
     
  2. bella1210

    bella1210 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 10, 2010
    ct
    we put new chickens in at night because every one is sleeping and by the next day they don't even know there is a new chicken
     
  3. RedJasper

    RedJasper Out Of The Brooder

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    Good idea! I will have to try that next time I get a new hen......if that ever happens again.
     

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