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Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by lisam43119, Feb 8, 2015.

  1. lisam43119

    lisam43119 Hatching

    Feb 2, 2015
    Hi, I'm Lisa and finally joined after a year of stalking the boards [​IMG]
    I live in the city, three cats, two dogs, and I had two lovely barred rock hens. I just recently lost one to a hawk, traumatic day for all involved. Now in the process of getting more chicks in the spring and I joined to get any info/advice on introducing my hen to her new flock members (when big enough of course) as my two were my first and raised together with no issues at all. Leaning heavily toward orpingtons but always claim the right to change my mind. [​IMG]
    Love the site, learned so much in the past year!

  2. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

    May 3, 2009
    New Jersey
    Hello, Lisa, welcome to BYC. Sorry for your loss - everything wants to eat our birds.
  3. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    Hi Lisa, nice to meet you. Sour is right, everything loves chickens but, in the wrong way.[​IMG]
  4. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

    Jun 15, 2012
    Welcome to BYC!
  5. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Show me the way old friend Staff Member

    Mar 21, 2011
    New Mexico, USA
    My Coop
    Hello there and welcome to BYC! [​IMG]

    I am so sorry for your loss. [​IMG]It is never easy to lose them under an circumstances.

    The easiest way to introduce new chicks to a flock is, once they are 5 or 6 weeks of age and ready to go outside, set them up in their own enclosure in the coop and in the run. I use one of those "peck and plays" in the run and a dog crate cage in the coop. I keep the chicks in the peck and play all day long, and in the cage in the coop at night. (I put a roost bar in the cage for roosting)

    And I leave them within the flock until they are 3 months of age. You can't mix in chicks to an adult flock as they can be hurt or even killed. Since you only have one hen, mixing day shouldn't be too dramatic. Make sure to put a couple more water or feed stations as the other hen could guard these areas and starve them out.

    Good luck reestablishing your new flock and welcome to ours!
  6. ChickyChickens

    ChickyChickens Chickening Around

    May 24, 2014
    BYC? Epic <3
    My Coop

    Welcome to BYC!!! There are loads of members on here…so if you have ANY questions…just ASK!!!

    Hope you have loads of fun and all your answers answered here on BYC the BEST CHICKEN KEEPING FORUM on EARTH!!

  7. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 Free Ranging Premium Member

    Feb 18, 2011
    Hello :frow and Welcome To BYC!

  8. Michael OShay

    Michael OShay Crowing

    May 14, 2014
    Welcome to BYC. Glad you decided to our flock. I'm sorry you lost one of your girls to a hawk. It's always sad to lose one of our flock. Orpingtons are a wonderful breed. I've raised them for years, and they are hardy, friendly and gentle (my children and granddaughter made lap pets of them), and good layers of large, brown eggs. Please feel free to ask any questions you may have. We are here to help in any way we can. Cheers.
  9. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Crowing

    Jul 24, 2013
    Welcome to BYC! [​IMG]I'm glad you joined the BYC "flock".

    I'm sorry for your loss![​IMG]
  10. Mountain Peeps

    Mountain Peeps Change is inevitable, like the seasons Premium Member

    Apr 23, 2014
    My Coop
    Welcome to BYC! Please make yourself at home and we are here to help.

    Sorry for the loss![​IMG]

    Introducing the new flock around 8 weeks using the "see but don't touch" method is the most effective.

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