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Reintroducing hen after separation for care

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by spoonie, Feb 28, 2009.

  1. spoonie

    spoonie In the Brooder

    Jun 16, 2008
    Juda, WI
    I've found the information I needed to tend to the hen who was torn open by a very adamant roo, but I haven't been able to find much information (maybe I am looking in the wrong place?) on after the hen is healed up a bit, how to go about reintroduction.

    Will my flock still remember her or is she going to be in for a rough treatment when she goes back? Obviously I need to let her heal up a bit, so she's in top running away form (lol) I just need to know if I should confine her in the coop for a couple days to let them get readjusted, or if she can go right back out sometime while they are roosting?

  2. nzpouter

    nzpouter Songster

    Jan 19, 2009
    new zealand
    how many hens all together? I usually take the top 2 out, re-introduce the sick one back then put the other 2 back the next day.
  3. freddy22

    freddy22 Songster

    Mar 2, 2008
    i have never thought of nzpouter suggestion but i might have to use that sometime...very smart....i think it is kinda your call...sometimes it is hit or miss on whether she will get picked on...if you have a lot of hens together they may not even notice she was gone
  4. jjthink

    jjthink Crowing

    Jan 17, 2007
    New Jersey
    If she has an especially good buddy you might try having the buddy visit with her for some of each day while she's healing, so she has at least one pal when she is reintroduced. Of course watch closely during the visits to make sure the friend hasn't turned on her.
    And when reintro time comes you might put the patient back at/after lights out time and then be sure to be there when they all wake up to make sure they don't hurt her. Or you could do what you were thinking - confining her (and maybe a good buddy) in the coop for a couple days just before complete integration. Even then you are probably going to have to watch like a hawk.
    Sigh - love chickens but it is a shame there is this side to them to worry about.
  5. spoonie

    spoonie In the Brooder

    Jun 16, 2008
    Juda, WI
    Thanks guys! Good suggestions. [​IMG]

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