Introduce a new chicken?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by kat399, Mar 17, 2010.

  1. kat399

    kat399 In the Brooder

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    Ok, I have a situation. Over 4 yrs ago a friend gave me two hens to keep as pets. Well, this morning I find one of them has passed away. My other hen is now by herself and quite distressed. Should I get her another hen for company, or should I keep her by herself?
     
  2. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner Free Ranging

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    Chickens are social animals. They really need other chickens around. I'd suggest getting two point-of-lay pullets to introduce to her. As much as they need other chickens, the introductions can go kind of rough. I'll give you a link to Buff's page that talks about quarantine and integration. It should help.

    Buff HooliganÂ’s Adding to your flock
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/web/viewblog.php?id=2593-adding-to-your-flock

    Good Luck!!!
     
  3. RedfogsFlock

    RedfogsFlock Songster

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    WOW you only had 2??? You are strong willed! I got two, lost one, and got two more for my girl. That was last June,


    now....

    We have 6 leghorns, 4 orpintons, 1 silky, 3 RIR, 2 barred rocks, 2 turkeys, 1 leghorn roo, 1 polish roo, 4 EE, and 10 ducks! [​IMG]

    My DH would love you, cuz you seem to have a rare thing called will power, lol Something I am really lacking!

    Yes, a companion would be nice, but I would do two. This way when your older hens time comes you will already have a companion for your other girl and won't have to deal with the new introductions.
     
  4. kat399

    kat399 In the Brooder

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    I found a suitable friend for her. Thanks!
     

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