Intruding new older hen to flock of teens


Nov 3, 2020
Intown Atlanta, GA
We have ten chicks now 2.5 months old. A friend has a 1 yr old leghorn hen who he can’t keep any longer. We wouldn’t mind taking her in but I’m not sure how to integrate an older hen. We don’t own a separate cage/coop to put her in initially. Our chicks free range most of the day. Could we just start the morning with free range together and hope they get along in the coop at night?
Can you ask your friends if anyone has a wire dog cage you can borrow? I would just worry about injury at night really. I think when they're free ranging it'll probably be just fine. I think locking her in a large dog cage at night at least a week or so will be extremely beneficial.

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