Single rescue to introduce?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by emilyweck, Apr 22, 2009.

  1. emilyweck

    emilyweck Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 9, 2009
    Eugene, Oregon
    I have a 5 week old chicken that I rescued off of Craigslist. They were advertising 1 chicken and I couldn't figure it out. I asked and they just said they had too many. Not buying that story, I've kept her isolated and only found she has Wry Neck. Treated her and she's doing well. Now to my question. When is it time to join her with my 14 week EE pullets and my 2 RIR's 7 week pullets that are already cooped together? I free range them and introduced her today and one of the EE's pecked her really hard so I grabbed her away. Any help is appreciated! Thank you.
  2. NancyDz

    NancyDz Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 9, 2008
    Dutch Flat, CA
    I never put them straight in with the others. I put the new hen in a cage either inside or right next to the run of my other chickens.
    I do that for a couple weeks, that way they get used to each other. Then at night I add the new chickens to the coop when they are sleeping. They wake up and rarely is there more than a few hen pecks....

    Good luck!
  3. Bantam Bodon

    Bantam Bodon Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 12, 2009
    Osceola Mills PA
    Yes, i would do it at night too. There may be some pecking but i dont think you can avoid that completely.

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