Springtime makes us Farm Girls think of Baby Peeps, and I did so enjoy seeing those photos on the previous post! I would like to know when (and how) to introduce new chicks or hens to the flock of my older Biddies! It seems that since hens have hatched out their own peeps since the beginning of time, this would not be a problem at any life stage of poultry! Perhaps I'm just being overly cautions, but I worry that that there might be some injury caused to the new birds OR the older hens. Advice, please!
Signed: Bewildered Betty
|Click to enlarge - Chick Sorting done in 1950's|
Rest assured - there is DEFINITELY cause for concern when introducing new members to an established flock! Caution must always prevail! Things are done so differently these days. Broodiness is being bred out of hens. Folks now-a-days want hens to PRODUCE PRODUCE PRODUCE, and SO - - eggs are laid and hens go about their daily business, for the most part, unless they are classified as "broody", and some ORNERY CUSS will fight till the bitter end if she even THINKS someone is out to remove an egg from beneath her fluffy bottom!
And now a final word of CAUTION to avoid IMMEDIATE AND CERTAIN DEATH IN THE HEN HOUSE - Miss Lizzy will add that to mix Bantams with full size layers is not advisable! This is not to say it has not been done with success before upon such occasion under watchful wary eyes! Remember, "Same Size keeps em alive!" And, a WORD TO THE WISE: if someone offers a free Polish hen, "JUST SAY NO" unless there are already Polish in a separate pen. They are remarkably stylish birds, but unless you wish to chance bloodshed or a special needs hen, avoid mixing at all costs! For the most part, hens will feel the need to remove that lovely cap of feathers atop a Polish head - PURE JEALOUSY! That's how we are!
Wishing you the UTMOST of good fortune,