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Replacing chick question

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by ekafns, Jun 14, 2016.

  1. ekafns

    ekafns In the Brooder

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    Hello all, looking for opinions.

    Some predator wiped out all but 3 of my 12 chickens. 1 male bantam buff brahma 3 months old. 2 female australorps 6 weeks old.

    The 3 month old is obviously lonely making sad noises all day. So I am trying to figure out what is my best next move.

    A female bantam buff brahma same age range? Do they care about the breed? Any other suggestions?

    Thanks!
     

  2. azygous

    azygous Free Ranging

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    Replacing chickens isn't as simple as it sounds. Your three-month old will not exactly welcome a new chicken even though she probably is lonely without her flock. She will be aggressive toward a new comer and it won't be all cumbaya until they work through the adjustment period.

    You would be better off just putting the six-week olds in with the older pullet, separating them for a while, then giving the youngsters limited access to the spaces occupied by the older one, with plenty of escape sources such as perches and stumps. They will form a new flock in a few weeks, and after they all grow to maturity, then I would then add some new baby chicks.
     

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