Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by suburbansilkies, Sep 4, 2016.

  1. suburbansilkies

    suburbansilkies Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 16, 2016
    England, UK
    Hi guys, I was offered a third chicken for my birthday but am not sure if I should take up the offer? I have two hens, a silkie and a frizzle who get on really well. Will bringing another one in mean theh would fight and disturb the order of things as chickens are very hierarchical? I have the space and all the supplies to house a third one of roughly the same size! Should I do it or not? Opinions?
  2. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

    Jun 15, 2012
    My Coop
    Adding another bird would be just fine. They should get along well. The only concern would be if the new chicken is of a very large breed i.e. Orpington, Brahma, Jersey Giant, etc. then the Silkie and Frizzle might get picked on a bit. Otherwise, it will work well. It is normal for there to be some pecking at first, but they will establish the pecking order fast.
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  3. QueenMisha

    QueenMisha Queen of the Coop

    Welcome to BYC. It's great to have you!

    With only two other birds, I wouldn't be too concerned about introducing a third. I'd recommend keeping them physically separated but in visual contact for 2-3 days before actually placing them together. Though I would be especially cautious if the bird is LF, as your others are bantam. I'd be concerned about it going after the small birds.
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  4. redsoxs

    redsoxs Chicken Obsessed

    Jul 17, 2011
    North Central Kansas
    Greetings and :welcome! Happy you joined our community! I agree with the above. Best of luck to you!
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  5. Cynthia12

    Cynthia12 Always Grateful Premium Member

    Apr 11, 2010

    Bantam gave you some great advice. I often put new pullets with my olders. Because I hatch, I have new ones going in with the hens often. They may chase them off for a while, but if they have plenty of room, they will be fine to get away if one decides to peck..which, they usually don't do hard enough to do any harm. There are exceptions. But, like I said, I've had great luck introducing new ones to my flock. Good luck. Go for it I say!
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  6. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    Would the new bird be a bantam? Also male or female?
  7. suburbansilkies

    suburbansilkies Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 16, 2016
    England, UK
    Yes it would be a bantam and female because we're not allowed cockerels in our area? Good idea to have another addition to our small family?

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