As a new backyard chicken owner, we bought 2 chickens at the local flea market (I know, I know...well, I know NOW...just not then that I shouldn't have done that). I have no idea of the ages, but one is a Rhode Island Red, and the one we had to cull was a Cornish Broiler hen. We bought them at the beginning of March, and the RIR started laying near the end of April. The broiler however just kept getting bigger and bigger, started having respiratory problems, and we noticed that her pupils were dilating in and out as she breathed. We made the tough decision to cull her this past Saturday.
My RIR has laid a medium sized egg every day since she started laying, including the morning after her pen-mate did not return to the pen. Then about 6pm last night she laid a soft-shell egg on the ground. She has always laid her eggs in one particular nesting box in the coop, but not the soft shelled one. I am worried about her being lonely, so I moved her coop right next to our larger coop that has 6 hens and 1 cockerel that are all 11 weeks old. I am hoping that she won't be lonely with them right there, but I have a while before I can put them in the same coop since they are on different feed.
Does anyone have any other suggestions that will help her not get lonely and depressed? I have always talked to her and try to pick her up and love on her every day (if she'll let me)...
*hoping I'm doing the right thing!*