Reintroducing an injured hen

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by koopkeeper63, Dec 15, 2016.

  1. koopkeeper63

    koopkeeper63 Hatching

    Aug 2, 2016
    I had to remove a hen from my flock that had been injured by my rooster (which is no longer living with my girls). She was away from them for 4 days. I put her back in the coop, but in a dog crate for the last 5 days, so that the other hens would know who she was. When should she be able to go back to hanging with the other hens?

  2. ChickenGrass

    ChickenGrass Songster

    Aug 16, 2015
    Republic of Ireland
    Hi there.
    She should be able to go back in now.
    You may not know this but hens remember up to 100 other hen faces
    Which means they know her already.
    Remember there will be a few little arguments between all the hens because they are
    Fixing up the pecking order.
  3. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

    Nov 27, 2012
    SW Michigan
    My Coop
    Welcome to BYC!

    Give it a try....keep an eye on things closely at first.
    How badly was she injured and how?

    Tho chicken maybe able to recognize 100 faces, a bird removed from the flock can become a 'stranger' pretty quickly, so there could well be some fighting.

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