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My two hens are sisters, Turkey and Raven. Turkey died today so Raven is left alone. Should I get another 'sister' for her or get chicks? If I do get chicks, Raven is going to mother them.

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post #2 of 7

Sorry to hear about your loss. If Raven is your only remaining chicken, I think it would be better to get an older (adult) bird to keep her company. Unless she is broody, chances are she won't be tolerant of chicks and may harm them.

 

“Listen to the mustn'ts, child. Listen to the don'ts. Listen to the shouldn'ts, the impossibles, the won'ts. Listen to the never haves, then listen close to me... Anything can happen, child. Anything can be.” 

 

~ Shel Silverstein
 

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“Listen to the mustn'ts, child. Listen to the don'ts. Listen to the shouldn'ts, the impossibles, the won'ts. Listen to the never haves, then listen close to me... Anything can happen, child. Anything can be.” 

 

~ Shel Silverstein
 

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post #3 of 7

Get another grown pullet or hen. Your remaining bird is much more likely attack chicks than take care of them.

post #4 of 7

If you don't want to complicate your life unnecessarily, look on Craig's List or inquire at the animal shelter for an adult hen. Integrating one hen with a single hen will be a breeze compared to trying to add chicks to the picture. (Your hen will NOT mother the chicks.)

 

In fact, get two hens, so you won't end up with a solitary hen again any time soon.

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My two hens are sisters, Turkey and Raven. Turkey died today so Raven is left alone. Should I get another 'sister' for her or get chicks? If I do get chicks, Raven is going to mother them.


x3 on getting an adult bird.  Other than Craig's list, check with your feed store and see if you can post a notice looking for a hen or two or call your county 4-H agent.   The 4-H kids who have chickens are often willing to sell a few.

post #6 of 7

Hello Thunder Bird,

I'm very sorry to hear about Turkey. The replies you've received in the thread so far are not wrong but I would feel better agreeing with them if I knew more about your situation. Chicks require more than a little 'babying'. They are very much worth the effort in my eyes but it is challenging to raise a tiny number of chicks. There are always going to be conflicts when introducing new birds into the 'flock' the recommendations are based on the facts that adult birds can defend themselves from bullies better and are less fragile overall. That being said depending on the breed of your bird she may be more or less inclined to bully newcomers. Cochins for instance do very well with baby chicks and are known for raising babies but a Leghorn wont go broody under most circumstances.

There is nothing wrong with getting an established pullet to add to your flock, that would as the people say most likely be ideal for you but you have options should you wish to pursue a different course. Hope this helps!

~Chicken Philosopher~

Our flock as it roosts:

21 Black Jersey Giant Chicks ((20 Females 1 male))

1 Black Cochin ((Free Exotic from MMM whom we adore, gender unknown))

2 Red Sex Link Hens ((Britta and Adventure Chicken))

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~Chicken Philosopher~

Our flock as it roosts:

21 Black Jersey Giant Chicks ((20 Females 1 male))

1 Black Cochin ((Free Exotic from MMM whom we adore, gender unknown))

2 Red Sex Link Hens ((Britta and Adventure Chicken))

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It helps a lot, thanks. Raven is only 1 years old and I doubt she will be a good mother, at least in the middle of winter. Turkey was basically the opposite of her, but since I don't have her the care for chicks, I'll get a hen around the same age as her. :) thanks everyone, I might be getting another hen today so thanks for your advice!

Proud caretaker of two Dutch Bantams, two Japanese Bantams, and five Japanese Bantams.
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