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How to reintroduce recovered chicken back into the flock?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by MarieNC, Jan 31, 2011.

  1. MarieNC

    MarieNC Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My hen Cornelia Marie has been separated from the rest of the flock for a couple of months from two crop surgeries. She actually had been living in my kitchen for the last month. Yesterday I put her back in the coop in a separate stall from the other 5 hens and she can't intermingle with them at all. But there will come a time when I want to reintroduce her to the rest of the group. How can I reintroduce her to the group so that they eventually all play well together again...well as well as chickens CAN play with each other.
     
  2. turtlebird

    turtlebird Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Can they all see one another? Well, after a bit of that, maybe take one of your friendlier hens and put her in with your newbee. Then introduce both of them into the flock and say a little prayer. Are all her wounds healed/concealed now?
     
  3. MarieNC

    MarieNC Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:They can see each other when they're roosting at night. Her wounds are covered in small feathers, now. I want to make sure she can tolerate the same diet as the rest of the girls before I put them all back together. I brought my friendliest hen (Frances) in the house to visit with her and she wanted to kick Frances' fuzzy butt!
     

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