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Saturday, July 23, 2011

Introducing Snowball and Rosie

When I first bought my chickens, I bought 3 chickens that were suppose to be "all girls". We all know how that works out. One turned out to be a boy. I called "her" Crazy Chicken because "she" was mean and wouldn't let us hold "her". Well, "she" was really a he!! I am not allowed to keep roosters inside the city. So I found a very sweet lady who owns a place called Martin's Farm not far from here who was willing to take my rooster. I bought from her one brown cochin named Rosie who is about 6 months old.

Savannah and Rosie

My other 2 chickens were less than thrilled that took there "Daddy" away and brought home a new chicken. They were so mean to her and Rosie sat in a corner, with her face against the fence looking so sad. I felt so bad I went back and bought her sister Snowball who was also feeling sad because she had been raised with Rosie.


Snowball

They were very happy to be reunited, but the other girls were less than thrilled. I really hope they will become one flock eventually. They have been fighting less. I am keeping them separated during the day and put them together at night. The two new chickens sleep inside the coop and the two original chickens sleep on a fence (why? I don't know LOL).



If anyone had any good thoughts or ideas on bring new chickens into a flock, or any information about Cochins, please let me know!!!



17 comments:

  1. You have indeed made my day with this photo Sandy

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  2. What adorable chickens! And thanks for tipping me about Give Back Thursday.

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  3. Such fun shots - especially the first! I love chickens and eating fresh eggs? Nothing like it.

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  4. So, so sweet...and the little one's smile is quite contagious....got me smiling too.

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    Have a great weekend!!!

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  5. So cute, I think they miss the rooster :)

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  6. This is an interesting problem and one that I may face someday, so I googled "introducing new chickens to a flock" and found all this good information at BackyardChickens.com. Hope it helps.

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  7. What a cute shot of the little one holding the chicken. She does look happy. I hope all works out well and they all learn to get along.

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  8. I hope they settle their differences!

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  9. Snowball is beautiful! I will be her friend. =D

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  10. Adorable photo of girl and chicken. Reminds me of my sister. She made pets of all our chickens when she was little. Good luck with harmonizing the chicken coop.

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  11. There is an adjustment period with chickens where they have to establish their pecking order. They will eventually work things out- but it can take a little while for them to realize where they fall

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  12. There are all kinds of theories for introducing new chickens. I have tried and failed introducing 2 new to three old girls. Had to rehome the old girls. I replaced with four new younger girls. The 2 original girls feel outnumbered and give in to the new arrivals. It seams to be going ok. Less blood than the first time. Good Luck!

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  13. Love your chickens. We have Buff Orpingtons and Red and Black Sex Links. We also keep Guineas with the chickens.

    We have put younger chickens inside a see-through container in the pen with the others for a few days to allow the smells to mingle and them to become accustomed to each other. If it doesn't work, maybe a separate enclosure is in your future plans.

    Joyfully,
    Jackie
    My Attempt at Blogging

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  14. Awwwwww... they are adorable! I love the picture of Savannah and Rosie, that is just precious. I hope they all start getting along. That is so sad.

    ~Lynn

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  15. Sweet picture, and a very familiar story, too...see my most recent post at www.thebeardfamily.wordpress.com called "Roosters Galore" We traded some roosters for who we call "the mean girls"...turns out, when I researched after the fact, I found out I should've put them together for the first time in the middle of the night.

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Thanks so much for your encouraging words!