Introducing a chicken back into the flock

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Zoeys Chickens, Mar 6, 2016.

  1. Zoeys Chickens

    Zoeys Chickens Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 5, 2015
    So I had a raccoon attack one of my chickens leaving her entire back wounded and featherless... That was January 26... Today she is still starting to get feathers but her while back is scanned over...but featherless... Is it possible to re-introduce her into the flock yet or do I have to keep her in my house for another month :/ and if it is possible to re-introduce her how do you recommend I do that?

    Thank you!
  2. BoomChickaPop

    BoomChickaPop Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 24, 2016
    Relaxing with my Buns
    Can you post a picture of what she looks like please. So I can determine what you should do.
  3. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs I Wanna Be A Cowboy Premium Member

    Jul 16, 2015
    central Wisconsin
    It would be a good time to make a separate pen within your coop to keep her for the next month. It would allow everyone to get used to her again, and have a good look at her. After a month or so they should be familiar with her again and hopefully her feathers will have grown in. Then I would start some supervised mingling putting her back in the pen until you feel she's doing okay.
    Last edited: Mar 6, 2016
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  4. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Flockless Premium Member

    Jan 30, 2015
    Africa - near the equator
    Very good advice. Theres lots of threads on this topic for further reading - just type "integrating new flock members" in the search box and see what comes up.

    Good luck

  5. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

    Nov 27, 2012
    SW Michigan
    My Coop
    Great advice!

    You might also think about adding one bird from the flock to the separate area for the injured girl as a buddy.....
    ....if the mingling doesn't go well.

    Time for some chicken juggling, might take some time and a lot of observation, hopefully you have time for that.

    More info/pics on your flock and coop/run might help us give you more specific solutions to try.
    Last edited: Mar 7, 2016

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