Replacing and introducing new chooks to our flock

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In the Brooder
Feb 13, 2015
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sadly we lost 2 of our chickens to a dog attack several weeks ago ( the black frizzle cross and the silky) so now are only left with 3, 2 of which are constantly broody (the white frizzle cross and the smallest grey with feathered feet)

the buff coloured one is the best chook due to her clean legs and friendly nature ( she servived the attack but is still shaken ) we are unsure as to her breed but would like 3 more like her, could she be a bantam orpington?

Or could any one suggest another good small clean legged breed? (We do constant battle with scaly leg mite)

Then how do we go about introducing them into the flock?

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QueenMisha

Queen of the Coop
Jan 14, 2015
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The little girl looks like a Bantam Wheaten Ameraucana. Not very common, but based on her color she's probably stock from one of the few hatcheries now carrying bantam True Ameraucanas. Also potentially just a bantam EE that happened to develop a pattern very similar to Wheaten. It's unlikely, but plenty possible.

OEGBs, Belgian Bearded d'Anvers, Bantam EEs, Bantam Dominiques, Bantam Plymouth Rocks, Bantam Modern Games, and Bantam Ameraucanas would be good choices as friendly, clean-legged Bantam breeds. Ko Shamo would be an excellent option if you want something more exotic and are OK with spending a bit more time and money on finding them. Sebrights and Hamburgs (the latter is a standard bird but a very small one) are clean legged and quite beautiful but indeed rather flighty.

Introduction should be done slowly, with new birds being at least 8 weeks of age. Never add a single bird to a flock. Separated introduction in an adjoining, clearly visible, but physically separate pen for 1-2 weeks beforehand is highly preferable. After 1-2 weeks, place birds in a cage inside the coop itself for several days so they know it's where they should roost. Once this is done, remove the cage and set the new birds on the roost beside the others after night has fallen. There will be some bullying and picking the next several days but as long as the new birds have access to food and water and you aren't seeing any real physical injury (wounds, blood, feather picking) everything is fine.
 

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