My broody hatched one chick. The chick is a cream legbar. None of the other eggs hatched. Mamma is taking good care of her and showed her how to eat and drink today. I am wondering if I need to go get another baby chick to put with them or will my single chick do okay with just Mamma. Has anyone ever had this happen? We have 9 other year old hens and some 8-10 week old chicks. We have never hatched before. I know having one in a brooder isn't good and he/she would be lonely. But what about one being raised by a hen?
They don't seem to notice they are alone when with the broody, when I feel bad for them is when they are weaned from the broody they normally hang with their siblings for a few weeks as they get used to flock life, without any siblings they will be alone during the transition period. Some seem to fit in ok, others tend to remain a bit isolated even into adulthood.
I try to have 3 in a group so they have more socialization as they are growing up. Each flock is different though, and it depends on your coop space and if you intend to keep it or sell it later on also.