New hen

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Lillysmom, Nov 17, 2016.

  1. Lillysmom

    Lillysmom Out Of The Brooder

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    A fox got into our neighbors coop and killed all chickens except 1. They asked me to take her. Any suggestions for adding just 1 hen to my flock of 13 hens? Thank you!!
     
  2. chickencraz

    chickencraz Chillin' With My Peeps

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  3. Lillysmom

    Lillysmom Out Of The Brooder

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    Thank you so much!! Poor thing, went through a horrible experience with the fox, so I want to make this as easy as possible for her!
     
  4. Mrs. K

    Mrs. K Overrun With Chickens

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    I think that a single bird, can be the hardest introduction, everyone knows she is a stranger, and no one likes her. You might, put a single bird from your flock with her, pick a middle of the flock bird. They will probably scrap, but it will be a one on one fight, not a 12 on 1. Then in a couple of weeks, introduce the pair to the flock, spread out the pecking over the two of them.

    Mrs K
     
  5. Lillysmom

    Lillysmom Out Of The Brooder

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    Thank you! Good idea!
     
  6. Chicken Girl1

    Chicken Girl1 Stuck back in the 40s Premium Member

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    Both great advice!
     
  7. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    Good advice given on integrating her.
    I can't help but mention that I hope your coop is more secure than your neighbors, that fox is going to be looking for another meal before too long.
     
  8. Lillysmom

    Lillysmom Out Of The Brooder

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    My coop is very secure and I'm quite protective! Unfortunately, my neighbors didn't latch their coop that night.
     
  9. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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