Introducing 1 chicken to a flock of 1

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by kashifk95, Dec 9, 2016.

  1. kashifk95

    kashifk95 Just Hatched

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    Hi All,

    I have two chickens, both whom were meant to be hens but one turned out to be a cockerel. I contacted the supplier and he may arrange a replacement hen (we are currently discussing this).

    My question is how well would a new hen get along with my current hen? (I have no other chickens if I replace the cockerel)

    Many thanks,
    Kashif
     
  2. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Flockless Premium Member

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    Whilst I have never done this, I can't see there being any real difference (possibly apart from things being easier) than adding any new chicken to a flock. This approach springs to mind as being a good way to go about things - https://www.backyardchickens.com/a/introducing-new-chickens-using-the-see-but-don-t-touch-method

    There will still be some territorial / dominance behaviour from your original bird, but things should sort themselves out quite quickly, I would imagine.
     
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  3. zekaryah

    zekaryah Out Of The Brooder

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    MC DONALD tenneessee
    MAKE SURE THEY ARE THE SAME SIZE PLUS AGE SO THE SMALLER ONE DONT GET PICKED ON
     
  4. Look no touch for a few days......Single bird to bird introductions are a lot easier to do than single bird to a flock......

    Have no worries!



    Cheers!
     
  5. zekaryah

    zekaryah Out Of The Brooder

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    Good luck
     

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