Is three hens enough for the flock?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by KauAnnie, Jul 1, 2011.

  1. KauAnnie

    KauAnnie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I've told this story a million times lol but I had chickens show up in my yard and adopted them and they have a coop and chicken food.
    Back to the question- I have 3 hens and it seems like one is more dominent, is this normal. I have seen her peck at another chicken a few times.
    Also, I see many people have 5 or more chickens, is my flock too small? Should I get more chicks? or a rooster?
    Thanks for the help!
     
  2. doramechicks

    doramechicks Out Of The Brooder

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    I only had 3 hens for awhile and therw was one that was more dominant but their always is a pecking order. I don't have any problems having only 3
     
  3. KauAnnie

    KauAnnie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Thank you, but would it be difficult to add a new chick to their flock?
     
  4. Black Cochin Bantams

    Black Cochin Bantams Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Thank you, but would it be difficult to add a new chick to their flock?

    I only had 2 hens for our first year until I could hatch out some more. You don't need anymore than 3 birds for your flock unless YOU want them. Yes I agree it might be difficult to add a new chick to this flock. I agree that there is and always will be a pecking order in any flock. There will be a greater problems if the birds don't have adequate space per bird. I now add the old ones to the new birds pen rather than the other way around and have fewer problems than when I did add young birds to older birds pens. Also I see the less dominant birds sit on the perch and pick their time to get on the floor to eat and drink. Adding a new bird to a flock can be done but there have also been some ugly deaths trying to add new birds. Good luck.
     

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