The Tiny Homestead
- May 20, 2021
I have 4 four month old Australorps raised from baby chicks. One is a sweet rooster. Someone I know has to get rid of her 15 month old rhode Island reds because of neighbor issues. She has seven and I was considering taking two.
The Aussie rooster and one hen stick together. One other is kind of a loner, last on pecking order, but befriended by another hen. They all get along, and roost tight together.
My thought for getting 2 more is giving the rooster more birds to bother with, so less pressure on the 3 hens I have now. They aren't mating yet.
I don't want to upset the cart with the four I have. I would love to hear other's experiences with introducing older hens into a new flock, and what issues may arise. I would first be sure they are healthy.