New Chickens for Christmas!!!! English Bantam Chocolate Orpingtons

Discussion in 'Pictures & Stories of My Chickens' started by Wyandotte77, Dec 19, 2013.

  1. Wyandotte77

    Wyandotte77 In the Brooder

    Sep 4, 2013
    I am terribly excited to pick up two new chocolate orpingtons on Sunday!! We are getting two pure English hens from a very reputable breeder in our area. These are my first bantams and I am slightly nervous to introduce them to my three full size hens. Any suggestions for working these little ladies in? I can't think of a better Christmas gift!

  2. ChelseysChicken

    ChelseysChicken Songster

    Jun 1, 2013
    North TX
    Don't just put them in there! And I say this from experience!
    I had 3 "big" hens and I tried to put in 3 tiny banty hens in with them....Not happening!
    Just establishing pecking order is too much for their tiny bodies against the biggens. I'd set them up in a pen next to the other hens,where they can see each other but NOT touch! And leave them that way for awhile,until the other hens begin to act as if the new ones don't exist!

    Good Luck![​IMG]
  3. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    Chelsey gave you good advice
  4. Wyandotte77

    Wyandotte77 In the Brooder

    Sep 4, 2013
    I plan to set up a temporary pen in the corner so everyone can get a good look before they go together. The three I have are very docile so I am hoping this goes smoothly.

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