How to introduce a baby to pullets?

solidsnake

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According to my city ordinance I am allowed only 3 hens. I have 2 4 month hens, and recently my neighbor's hens were killed by raccoons and they gave me their lone survivor, a 2 day old chick. My hens are not even laying yet and I'm afraid I have no idea how to handle this situation. Can I raise the baby by itself and slowly introduce it to my current girls? How can I introduce the baby to my immature pullets? I can't get another baby because I have no one to give away any extra chickens to, my neighbors don't want them.
 

Ducksandchickens

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Raise the little chick by itself and once it is the same size of your pullets then slowly introduce them. Try getting a dog cage and putting the chick and put the cage near your coop so they can see each other but not cause any harm. Good luck!
 

SueT

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When the chick is big enough to leave the brooder, (you do have brooder, right?) at 4 weeks or so, set up a see-no-touch arrangement and monitor reactions. I usually don't let them fully integrate for another month.
 

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