Introducing new hens.
Newcomers to the hen house are not welcomed as politely as a poultry keeper might wish. Claire Bickle, of Brisbane, outlines the pitfalls and remedies.
Why would you possibly need another new chicken? I can hear a lot of avid, maybe a tad fanatical, poultry owners cry: “You never need a reason to acquire a new chook!”
Existing poultry — duck, goose, turkey or chook — will be alarmed and possibly horrified at the arrival of unfamiliar feathered companions. So how can you do it without creating a fuss in the coop?