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Reintroducing a chicken to the flock

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by tnmommy, Aug 12, 2014.

  1. tnmommy

    tnmommy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My chocolate orpington was under the weather but is ready to go back with her flock. Problem is, they are not having it. It's only been a week, but apparently that is a long time in a chicken's memory. They are treating her like a new chicken.

    So, I almost put her dog crate next to the juvenile grow out pen, next to her flock, but I am about to separate them into 2 flocks anyway. Will it just be easier if I move her in with her orpington buddies when they all go into their new coop and run in a few days? It will be all new for all 4 of them.
     
  2. bobbi-j

    bobbi-j Chicken Obsessed

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    It might be some easier, but they are still going to have to reestablish their pecking order - this happens any time you add a chicken to or subtract a chicken from the flock.
     
  3. tnmommy

    tnmommy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It just seems so brutal. I mean, she was only gone a few days. She's very laid back. Bless her.
     
  4. Mrs. K

    Mrs. K Overrun With Chickens

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    If you have space, give her a buddy. Just put her and another together for a week. There will be a scuffle, but it is one on one. Then when they have worked it out, add the pair back to the flock. there will still be a scuffle, but it is better than just a single bird.

    Adding a single bird to the flock is one of the hardest integrations. Everyone knows the bird is a stranger (chicken rules, a bird gone a week is a stranger).

    Mrs K
     
  5. tnmommy

    tnmommy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I can section off an area in the pen and put one of the bantams with her. That would leave the cockerel with one bantam, and her with another bantam. I guess I will try that a few days. She doesn't seem too bothered by hanging out in her dog crate next to another flock of chickens. But I'm sure she has to be lonely...
     

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