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Introducing Rescue chickens to one hen

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One of our hens recently died and left us with just one. The pair we had were such cute close friends but now our lone hen is lonely so we are going to get three new rescue hens from a chicken rescue charity. Does anyone have any good advice on how best to introduce the new hens? I've been reading up on it but nothing I've found applies to having one existing hen. We have an Eglu cube Mk2 wit run and a large netted area of the garden to free range in every day.

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There are quite a lot of posts on here about introducing a lone hen to new hens. Have never done this myself though.

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My mum introduced 4 ex-batt hens to a lone remaining hybrid. The hybrid had always been the dominant hen and she remained so. She literally just shoved all the newbies into the house one night and left them all to get on with it. That went fine, but she may have just got lucky. 

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I have added a few pullets to a lone hen in the past, generally as she is already established she will be top of the pecking order and as there are three newbies she shouldn't pick on one especially.

Make sure there are a couple of feed and water stations and they should be fine :) Keep us updated with photos!

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As said the old hen will take charge immediately. My only concern is if the oldie hasn't been immunised because the newcomers will be stressed and will 'shed' their viruses, potentially infecting the original. If your lone hen is also a hybrid chances are she will be OK.

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Thanks for all your comments. I think i'm going to go down the route of putting them in at night as there seems to be some success with this. Fingers crossed!

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