Originally Posted by HaHaFarms
I am absolutely blown away by these stories--this is exactly what happened to our Bella, our queen Jersey Giant, this morning! Happy, laying chicken, free ranges 6+ hours a day. My husband noticed something wrong--she was laying down in the run with her head to the side. By the time he got out there she bobbed her head a few times, fluttered her wings and died...it happened so fast there was nothing he could do. We are devastated!!!!
Once we are sure the other 2 are ok, we want to look for another one or two...any suggestions on good flock companions for Jersey Giants living in Minnesota?
So sorry to hear of your loss. You will definitely want to make sure your remaining girls are healthy (then follow with a quarantine of the newbies) before adding any birds.
Since your winters are cold & snowy, I'd recommend a good winter breed. Brahmas might be good, but I personally have never owned one. I enjoy my English Orpingtons & Bielefelders.. They're big & gentle. The roos can get frostbite though.
The other thing to consider is the time of year. Spring is a much easier time to add chicks, since you'll want them fully feathered before they go outside to the coop. Even adding adult hens can be challenging as they determine pecking order. When you feel you're ready to get more chicks or chickens, make sure you have a transition plan ready. For now, all you can do is take comfort in the chickens you have left.