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PostPosted: Tue Dec 26, 2017 11:55 pm 
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Hello

Recently I lost 2 hens (a year apart). Now (as of 2 weeks ago) there are only 2 in the flock (if you can call it a flock....).

Is 2 to few ? Should I build the flock up to 5 hens.

The 2 remaining hens appear a little depressed and are nowhere as active as they used to be when there were 3 or 4 hens. Perhaps they are suffering depression as the last hen to die 2 weeks ago was the alpha hen.

Advice and opinions appreciated. Thank you, Chicken-Gal


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PostPosted: Wed Dec 27, 2017 6:33 am 
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2 is the minimum. They will be ok. It is good to have a bit of back up though (so you’re not left with one).. Do you want more chickens? Maybe when you are ready and when you want more chooks you could get two or three more. It’s easier to introduce two new ones than one new one.

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PostPosted: Wed Dec 27, 2017 8:03 am 
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Thanks. I will do so reading on introducing new hens to the flock. My biggest concern is infectious diseases that can spread between hens from different locations. I would hate to introduce a disease to the exisiting two from outsiders. Best idea is probably segregate any new hens for a few weeks to see if they are OK prior to introducing. Also as our flock are rescue hens we will probably obtain new ones from unwanted sources. As such, quartentine is probably important. CG


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