Introducing a new bird to the flock

thomascv

Hatching
7 Years
Jun 10, 2012
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I have a flock of three birds that have been together peacefully for several months. Two of them are about 7-8 months old and one is over a year old. I have a friend who I recently discovered owns a young hen, about three months old, and has grown tired of her (ridiculous right?). I wanted to know if there were any special techniques for acclimation and if it including it in my flock is a wise choice. I don't think it's being fed a proper diet and I just want to give it a better life. It looks like some kind of americana cross. Currently my flock contains an olive-egger (Maran-araucana cross) A cinnamon queen and a California leghorn.
 

Smoochie

Songster
7 Years
Sep 18, 2012
865
34
124
CANADA
Small flocks often have the most difficult dynamics. Especially around point of lay age as they are quite hormonal and do not like change. I would either put her in a small crate in the coop for a week prior to introduction or put her in a crate with one of the other hens completely away from home to bond with her... Then introduce her and her "friend" back in the group.
 

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