Introducing one chicken to another...??????

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by 1stepcloser, Sep 30, 2009.

  1. 1stepcloser

    1stepcloser Poultry In Motion

    812
    6
    141
    Sep 16, 2009
    Dover, TN
    I have been reading about integrating chickens into a new flock. I understand about keeping them separate to avoid the spread of any possible disease but here is my question.

    I had two layers. One met her end the other day which leaves me with one hen. I have 4 four week old chicks. The older hen is mourning the loss of her sister and totally ignores the babies. I would like to get her another hen to have as company. How do I introduce chickens on a one-to-one basis v. "a flock"?

    TIA
     
  2. Wynette

    Wynette Moderator Staff Member

    25,559
    67
    411
    Sep 25, 2007
    Michigan
    You would still need to quarantine any new bird for a minimum of 30 days. And, the 4-week olds are much too young to introduce to a full grown hen. It's a quandary, to be sure. I think if it were me, I'd try to get a full grown hen from a RELIABLE source...someone you know well, that practices the same bio security that you do, and maybe find a friend for her that way?
     

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by