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Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by harveyhorses, May 25, 2011.

  1. harveyhorses

    harveyhorses Songster

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    I have 5 Buff Orp girls that are the light of my life (well close to it) I just saw on freecycle a Plymoth Rock that has been eating other chickens eggs, needs to be re-homed. She is 1 1/2 yrs old, mine are 14 months.
    Would I just be taking on someone elses problem or would being the new girl on the block take cre of that? Would it stress my girls out to introduce a new hen? Mine are layers/pets, and I really would not do anything to upset them, too much. I mean today they didn't even get free range time, and they were pretty upset about THAT. (I had to have my brother at the hospital at 8 am for a biopsy and them come to work)
    They are in a converted dog run, 10 x 20, with a good size coop, so I don't think they would be too crowded. I am waiting to hear from the woman, if the hen has been handled much, mine are pets/pests/ lap chickens. Maybe it has been taken already.
    Where is the smiley with the HELP sign??? [​IMG]
     

  2. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner Free Ranging

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    You would be taking on someone else's problem. That hen would probably teach yours to eat eggs. I would leave that hen alone.
     
  3. harveyhorses

    harveyhorses Songster

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    That is what I needed to hear! thanks. (I always think I can fix other peoples failed animal projects)
     
  4. Uzuri

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    Don't take it. Egg-eating is about the hardest problem to handle, and it's taught oh so quickly.
     
  5. Blue

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    We have a hen that eats eggs if we don't get them out of the nest fast enough. It's a very difficult habit to break, and I'd say you're better off not taking the hen as I doubt relocating her would solve the problem.
     
  6. harveyhorses

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    I think this is the first time I've seen eveyone NOT enabling!! I lurk a lot:rolleyes:
    I will let this one go. Thanks everyone!!

    I have a horrible feeling the 'Five hens is plenty' rule might have to be amended.
    No, I DO NOT NEED MORE. (but but but...) My sister made the mistake of saying how handsome some Barred Rocks were...
     

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