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Need to introduce a new hen or 2.

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by loco latvian, Feb 27, 2013.

  1. loco latvian

    loco latvian Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi Everyone,

    We've had 2 hens (buff orp. & wellsummer) since last fall. We had our Welsummer die yesterday, they are/were about two years old. I've read a few different ways to introduce new chickens, but I'm wondering about what age.

    Should we look for one or two about the same age, younger, or older?

    Thanks in Advance!
     
  2. I'm not sure if age matters, but you should probably introduce 2 instead of 1.
     
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  3. 1muttsfan

    1muttsfan Overrun With Chickens

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    I think you would be ok with one more, and a bird that is close to the same size would be best. Separate them with a cage or fencing for the first few days to let them become accustomed to each other.
     
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  4. loco latvian

    loco latvian Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks for the replies. So size is more important then age. Has anyone had any luck with hens from the Humane Society?
     

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