Katherine (a_belletrist) wrote in city_chickens,

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Integrating a Flock

So ... Beaudacious didn't make it and is now scratching grit up in chicken heaven, as it were. It's too bad, and I wish I knew what to do to help them be more resilient. They have a varied diet, a warm, dry shelter and fresh water. Beyond that, I don't know enough about chickens to know what else would make them stronger.

Bobbi Jo is bawking away a storm ... either she wants to lay an egg, or she's trying to find out where all her mates are, because she's the last of the flock. In fact, she was up super early this morning, before it was even fully light, looking and bawking.

As much as I would love to bring in new chicks and start from small fry, the weather sucks for it, and I'm not equipped to keep Bobbi Jo away from them until they're old enough to fend for themselves. This means bringing in some pullets.

Has anyone ever integrated grown chickens into a flock before, and is there anything I need to watch out for, besides the general picking at each other that they sometimes do? I know what to watch out for with adults and chicks, but not adults and adults.

Any advice?
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