One chicken left after skunk killed 2; do flock intro rules apply?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by sacchicken931, Jun 21, 2011.

  1. sacchicken931

    sacchicken931 Out Of The Brooder

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    I had 3 chickens yesterday. Now I have 2 (pretty sure it was a skunk). Question is when I raise new babies and introduce them to the one hen do I still need to go through the flock introduction precautions or do I not have to worry about this because it's just one chicken that I'm introducing 3 younglings to?
     
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    Is there a problem with my question? I'm not seeing any replies. I have one hen left after a predator attack and I'm wondering if I can introduce 4 week old chicks to the coop with the one adult hen wtihout having to setup a separate run. Thank you,
     
  3. bantyshanty

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    Since no one has answered so far, I'll try the best I can. I've never introduced chicks that young to an adult hen without a mama hen around, or a wire cage.
    I think since the hen is so much bigger than the chicks, the best thing would be to get some deer netting, hardware cloth, whatever, and put up a barrier between them for a couple days so they can fully see each other but the hen can't chase & peck. Unless she's a foul-tempered hen, she should get along with them after a bit, with some initial pecking. What breed is your hen and what breeds are the chicks? Can they run fast or fly, or are they Silkies, or what?
     
  4. Buff Hooligans

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    Sacramento, your situation is relatively uncommon, so there might be a limited number of people on who can address it from personal experience. But I would follow the logical advice of the poster before me. Watch for any aggressive tendencies from the older bird.
     
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    The adult hen is a gold sex link; the 3 babies are barred rocks; I like the suggestion from SW pennsylvania about putting a barrier between them for a few days. thank you
     
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    Quote:Yes, definitely a barrier. Chickens are very visual, and getting used to new individuals by eye rather than shoulder to shoulder (and perceived competition for food & roost space) is better than just throwing them together.
     

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