Just rescued a hen

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by flmom84, Oct 10, 2013.

  1. flmom84

    flmom84 New Egg

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    Today we rescued a hen. It is a long story, but a neighbor brought her home last night from a job site and told me he did not want it because he thought it was a rooster. I told him that she was just a very big (tall) hen. He left it wandering in his yard (out all night unprotected) and finally I offered to take her. She seems very sweet, but now I am not quite sure how to integrate her with our flock of 12 (11 girls and 1 rooster). She is much bigger then even our biggest girl, but I am not sure if that matters. She seems very passive. For now I have her in the coop and everyone else is free ranging. Any thoughts on what I should do when nightfall comes?
     
  2. flmom84

    flmom84 New Egg

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    This is the hen we rescued. She is really tall. Anyone know what type of chicken she is? Thanks so much.
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  3. ajesus92

    ajesus92 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    She look like a rooster, but I was told that let nature take it course. There going to be a pecking order, it natural, but don't let the other hen peck her to the point were blood drawn. I did this and my three hen are now close as ever
     
  4. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    The chicken pictured is a Buff Orpington cockerel.
     
  5. savnnah07

    savnnah07 Out Of The Brooder

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    That is definitely a Buff Orpington roo.
     
  6. Bear Foot Farm

    Bear Foot Farm Overrun With Chickens

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    Quote: I've had BO HENS that look just like that
    I wouldn't be in a rush to assign a gender just yet
     
  7. AK Baha

    AK Baha Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Even with spurs?
     
  8. savnnah07

    savnnah07 Out Of The Brooder

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    I have several BO hens and one looks really similar to that, but the saddle feathers and spurs on this one really make me think roo. My hen has a HUGE red comb and big floppy waddles and even spur buds, but she has no saddle feathers.
     
  9. AK Baha

    AK Baha Chillin' With My Peeps

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    "if it crows, it's a rooster; if it lays an egg, it's a hen," [​IMG]
     
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  10. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    And hackle and saddle feathers?
     

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