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Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by tpjazz7, Aug 21, 2016.
We rescued a hen so how do we integrate it into a established flock?
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.
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
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:
Consider biological/medical quarantine:
BYC Medical Quarantine Article
BYC 'medical quarantine' search
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.