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Time to introduce the new girls to our flock!

Published on October 23, 2012 by Henny Penny in Penny's Posts

Over the last two weeks we've kept the four new ex-battery hens (that we picked up from the British Hen Welfare Trust) safely separated from the rest of our flock. This is an important period for the birds to regain some strength before meeting the rest of our girls. 

We've fed them ex-battery crumb to help their general health, the regrowth of their feathers and of course egg production. In the second week I begin to mix some layers pellets in the ex-battery crumb just to get them used to it gradually. 

They always need plenty of fresh water, approx a litre each per day. And they also need some grit in a bowl to help digest their food and strengthen their own egg shells (soft egg shells can occasionally be an issue, but it wasn't with these girls). 

I'd seem some noticeable improvement in how they looked and overall they seemed happy, so it was time to meet the rest of the flock. The best way to do this is by putting the new birds into the main hen house just before dusk. Then the established birds will follow a little later to roost as normal, and they all settle down together quietly. 

You can get some squabbling, but this time it worked a treat! Next morning, when they came out of the hen house, they all seemed to be one big happy family. Lester, Andrea, Morgan and Henny Penny now have some new friends, and I can look forward to collecting even more fresh eggs!!

Time to introduce the new girls to our flock

Tags: British Hen Welfare Trust, ex-battery hens, ex-battery crumb, layers pellets

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