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    Default Adding one new Chicken

    Do you think it would be OK to add one new Bantam to the 3 girls we already have, or am i pushing my luck (i have only been keeping my girls for 8 weeks, but i think i have caught the bug, bad!)

    i would like to settle one more into the family before the winter sets in. they are free range every afternoon and all day at weekends, so if i added one this weekend i could watch her all weekend(as normal).

    the reason i ask is that i have seen some pictures of a Citrus Sablepoot on Thornes website!

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    I think I'd put her in the coop at night after spraying them all with weak vinegar spray or anti-peck spray and keep a close eye on them all. 8 weeks is long enough to have sorted out the pecking order and another addition is going to disrupt it. Best of luck and fingers crossed for you
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    I did this and they knocked the living daylights out of the bantam in the end I kept the bantam on its own it got that bad

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    Not going to write it all again, but check out my threads on the bother i had trying to put 3 hens into an established group... saying that - I have only yesterday introduced 7 into 4 without problems... I fear for the safty of one though...

    They have formed a nice new group, but only because the bullies couldn't intimidate such a large new introduction..
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    I have put new hens in with the others at night and it has worked every time. They will give the new onw a bit of a hard time for a day or two but will settle down in the end with no adverse results.
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    Could you manage to accommodate 2 new hens? That way the new girls will have a companion. I'd be reluctant to put just one hen into an established group. And the extra one won't take up much room!!!!

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    Those Sablepoots are gawjus.
    I wouldn't be able to restrict myself to one.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Suechooks View Post
    Could you manage to accommodate 2 new hens? That way the new girls will have a companion. I'd be reluctant to put just one hen into an established group. And the extra one won't take up much room!!!!
    I think your right, two would be better!, Ill just tell OH that they couldn't be spilt up, last two left in the run etc.

    How do i introduce them to the other girls who will be free ranging when i return with them.

    Put the new girls in the run and leave the others free ranging or wot?

    Thanks to eveyone for your help over the last 8 weeks or so

    jim

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