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Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Kimberly K, Jun 5, 2016.

  1. Kimberly K

    Kimberly K Just Hatched

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    I started with 5. 2 day old chicks. They are now 9 weeks old. Turns out 4 of the 5 were roo's. I went yesterday to where I intially purchased them and gave the 4 roo's back. So I have 1 original hen and I purchased 4 new hens.
    My question is.... The 4 new hens( 5 weeks old) are completely ignoring the original 9 week old hen.
    They are not fighting each other at all but I feel like my original hen will always be the outcast. Will they eventually all cuddle at night and play during the day together? It's only been 24 hours but I'm curious what I can expect or hope for. I know they don't have feelings like people it I feel bad for my original hen named waffles.
    2nd question. My original flock was very very social with my family. The new flick is not social at all. They run and hide when I walk in. I held my original flock every day. If I play and hold the new 5 week olds is it to late for them to be social too?

    I'm sure it's obvious but I'm new to this chicken thing. Love it already but I do have a lot of questions. Thank you in advance for any comments or suggestions.
     
  2. azygous

    azygous Overrun With Chickens

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    The answer to the first question is probably no, the older chick is unlikely to become best buddies with the new chicks. Chicks raised together become a unit or a clique. Your older chick is now the only member of her own unit.

    This does not mean, however, that the older chick is doomed to be lonely. She will be just fine with the younger chicks as her flock. Eventually, all of them will socialize and range together, and even take group dust baths.

    Don't rush things. Let them get to know each other at their own pace. They'll be fine.
     

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