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Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by 18 to 1, Feb 24, 2015.

  1. 18 to 1

    18 to 1 New Egg

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    18 to 1 is generated sadly from the number of my flock, I began 3 years ago with 12 chickens that my 3rd daughter picked out and we hand raised on our 28 acre farm 10 months later bought 6 more and integrated successfully. Long story short we lost all but 1 RIR, broke my heart since all had names and half were like the 5 dogs I have. I am looking at restarting but the wounds are very fresh having just lost 8 this past week. Will my 2 year RIR work into a whole new flock?
     
  2. DUCKOBSESSED

    DUCKOBSESSED Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I am sorry for your losses. If you introduce everyone slowly i think your RIR will adjust fine.
     
  3. Yorkshire Coop

    Yorkshire Coop Moderator Staff Member

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    Hi :welcome

    Glad you could join the flock! Sorry to hear about your losses :hugs Losing flock members is a real heart breaker I hope you get over this soon. Adding new members is best done I have found by the look and don't touch method. Keep them seperate but so they can see each other through wire. This way they become aquainted but with out the fights. This can also be your quarantine for new members. After a few weeks you can add them together but be on watch if you have to intervene if it gets too much or bloody. Adding extra feed and water stations is also a good idea so no one can bullied out. Here is a nice article all about adding new flock members https://www.backyardchickens.com/web/viewblog.php?id=2593-adding-to-your-flock

    Wishing you the very best of luck with your new birds. Be sure to ask any questions everyone here to help and very friendly. Is there any way we can help you with not losing anymore birds, was there a definitive cause of your losses?
     
  4. Puddin Fluff

    Puddin Fluff Overrun With Chickens

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    Sorry to hear of your losses.

    Welcome to BYC. A great place to get info.

    Hope your rebuilding goes smoothly.[​IMG]
     
  5. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Overrun With Chickens

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    Welcome to BYC! [​IMG]I'm glad you joined our community.

    I'm sorry for your losses![​IMG]Yorkshire Coop has given you some good advice on introducing new birds into the flock.
     
  6. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 True BYC Addict Premium Member

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    Hello :frow and Welcome To BYC! Sorry for your losses :hugs
     
  7. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us!
     
  8. Peep-Chicken

    Peep-Chicken Overrun With Chickens

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    Hello and welcome to BYC!
     
  9. BantamLover21

    BantamLover21 Overrun With Chickens

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    [​IMG] I'm glad you joined our "flock!"

    I'm sorry about your losses. [​IMG] Good luck with restarting your flock!
     
  10. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    So sorry you lost your flock. Do you know what caused it so you can prevent it from happening again? Welcome sincerely, to Backyard Chickens.
     

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