Reintroducing a hen

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by klan9305, Nov 13, 2014.

  1. klan9305

    klan9305 Hatching

    Nov 13, 2014
    We had a flock of chickens we recently split up due to sharing half the flock with my dad. (which long story short ended up being more roosters then hens; we gave away the roosters to good homes) My dad had his half of the flock for a couple weeks and now after discovering and then giving away the roosters he had only one hen left and would like to return her to us. Which we are very happy to take her back.

    All of these hens were together since born, separated at 5 months of age for a couple weeks and I would like to know how to properly reintroduce them.

    Thank you in advance!
  2. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 Free Ranging

    Feb 18, 2011
    Hello :frow and Welcome To BYC! It is best to do it gradually with a period of seeing but no touching through wire seem to work best, ie dividing the coop into two sections or keeping the new one in a cage inside the coup for a couple of weeks to a month at least. The chickens will get to know each other and sort of work out a pecking order before actually coming in contact with each other. Letting them free range together is a good idea and should help... It will take a couple of weeks to get the pecking order sorted out. There is a nice article in the Learning Center on integrating flocks you might like to check out, the part about actually combining them is after the quarantine section
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  3. sunflour

    sunflour Flock Master

    Jan 10, 2013
    [​IMG] So glad you joined us.

    Agree with Kelsie2290. Even tho they once knew each other, once apart for over even a few days they have to be reintroduced.
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  4. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Bird is the Word

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

    Kelsie X2 Keep her separated in a cage for several weeks so they can all get to know her again. When you do mix her in, add a couple more feed and water stations as the flock will tend to guard these areas and can starve her out. Just keep an eye on things for a few weeks after mixing and always intervene if it turns bloody. Roosting time too can be brutal, so you might go up at that time and make sure she gets on the bar.

    Good luck with your flock and welcome to ours!
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  5. Mountain Peeps

    Mountain Peeps Change is inevitable, like the seasons

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

    X3. The see but don't touch method is the most effective.
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  6. Michael OShay

    Michael OShay Crowing

    May 14, 2014
    Welcome to BYC! Glad you decided to join our flock. As the other members have indicated, new hens need to be introduced (or re-introduced in your case) to the flock slowly and carefully. There is an excellent article at on introducing new chickens to the flock. Please feel free to ask any other questions you may have. We are here to help in any way we can. What kind of chickens do you have?
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  7. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Crowing

    Jul 24, 2013
    Welcome to BYC! [​IMG]We're glad to have you.
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  8. BantamLover21

    BantamLover21 Crowing

    Jul 24, 2013
    [​IMG] Glad you joined us!

    You've been given some good advice already. Good luck with your flock!
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  9. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years.

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    Maybe they will surprise you and welcome her back with "open wings," or not! [​IMG] Welcome to Backyard chickens.
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  10. klan9305

    klan9305 Hatching

    Nov 13, 2014
    Thank you everyone!!! She is happily back with the girls.

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