Rescued hen

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by tpjazz7, Aug 21, 2016.

  1. tpjazz7

    tpjazz7 Out Of The Brooder

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    We rescued a hen so how do we integrate it into a established flock?
     
  2. GoldenFlight

    GoldenFlight Chillin' With My Peeps Premium Member

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    You could quarantine or if you know for sure she is healthy you could put her in with the other's and watch her for at least a half hour and then frequently check on her. They will most likely fight with her but as long as she isn't getting hurt that's normal.
     
  3. farmgirllvo

    farmgirllvo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Put her in at night when they are all asleep and watch them in the morning, they will pick on her a little bit, but they will think she's always been there. Good luck :)
    Pictures?
     
  4. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    Um, yeah, this might work......but very often does not.
    Like bobbie-j sez: "chickens aren't the brightest animals on this planet, but they're not that stupid."

    Integration of a single bird is the hardest to do.

    Read up on integration..... BYC advanced search>titles only>integration
    This is good place to start reading:
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/a/adding-to-your-flock

    Consider biological/medical quarantine:
    BYC Medical Quarantine Article
    Poultry Biosecurity
    BYC 'medical quarantine' search
     
  5. bobbi-j

    bobbi-j Chicken Obsessed

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    This has not been my experience. I used to think the same thing, so I tried. This is how I know it doesn't work. Chickens know when there is a stranger among them, whether you put them in during the day or at night. They will still pick on her, and she will likely be an outcast for some time. Eventually she may fit in with the rest.

    OP, I would strongly suggest you read the articles on integration.
     

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