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Introducing three new hens to my one chicken

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Carrie54452002, Jan 22, 2013.

  1. Carrie54452002

    Carrie54452002 Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi there,

    I unfortunately had the displeasure of losing 4 chickens to what we suspect was Mareks a couple months ago. We only had one hen left so I waited to see what would happen, she was about 7 months at the time and I thought she might pass. Well she didn't, in fact she just started laying a week or so ago. We are extatic she survived but are worried she will freeze if left alone so we bought three more hens (that are around 2-3yrs old so hopefully resistant to Mareks) to keep her company. I am so worried that they will harass her. She is a bantam cochin and these girls are Ameracaunas. Does anyone have any suggestions to keep the attitudes in the coop to a minimum or how to integrate them well?

    Any advice would be appreciated :)
     
  2. Lilslinkfarm

    Lilslinkfarm Out Of The Brooder

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    I would think it would go pretty well actually. The new 3 will be in a new environment and will not have a pecking order established so I wouldn't think there would be much pecking from their part
     
  3. Carrie54452002

    Carrie54452002 Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks, that's what I was hoping! I was just a little hesitant because of my one bantam and the other three being regular size.... thanks so much for your repsponse!! :)
     

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