I'm new to BYC

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Gr8chick, Mar 31, 2015.

  1. Gr8chick

    Gr8chick New Egg

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    I'm new. I have 15 baby chicks and had one of my two hens murdered by an extremely aggressive raccoon this past weekend. I only have 1 RIR hen left and the baby chicks are too little to "befriend" her. Should I get another he or two so she has a friend or wait? It's so sad!
     
  2. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 True BYC Addict Premium Member

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    Hello :frow and Welcome To BYC! Sorry about the loss of your hen :hugs If you can find another hen quickly you could get one, though it will take awhile to introduce them anyhow, especially if you want/need to do a medical quarantine... depending on how old the chicks are, it may be just as fast to wait until they are the 6 weeks or so old enough to go into the coop to keep her company (though still separated from her via wire, until they are the same size she is).
     
  3. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    I would wait for the chicks to grow up some more - if your hen can see them but, not attack them - I still think she would prefer their company to being along.
     
  4. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    Since the raccoon was successful, it will keep returning till you have nothing left, it may even lead its relatives there. First in order should be securing your coop and run. Have you visited the predator section for ideas on keeping them at bay.
     
  5. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Overrun With Chickens

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    Welcome to BYC! [​IMG]I'm glad you joined our community.

    I'm sorry for your losses! I would probably wait until the chicks are older, instead of getting a new hen.
     
  6. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC!
     
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  7. Mountain Peeps

    Mountain Peeps Change is inevitable, like the seasons Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC! Please make yourself at home and we are here to help.

    I'm very sorry for your loss![​IMG] Raccoons are just nasty critters![​IMG]
     
  8. Gr8chick

    Gr8chick New Egg

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    Thanks to all for suggestions. Our tragic week continued when our chicks heat lamp fell somehow, starting a fire and we lost everything.
     
  9. Book Em Danno25

    Book Em Danno25 Overrun With Chickens

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    Sorry about the loss of your hen. [​IMG]
     

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