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Shall I get a companion for my only hen?

post #1 of 14
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I was given a hen for Christmas and she is by herself in my yard, roaming free.  Seems happy and have been laying eggs, one every 36 hours or so and I pick them.  Now she won't leave the nest.  Is she depressed, shall I get another hen? 

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welcome-byc.gif  If she won't leave the nest, she has probably gone broody.  Get some fertile egg for her, and in 21 days she will hatch and raise her own companions.

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post #3 of 14

welcome-byc.gif  from Highland County Ohio and God Bless!!!

 

Chickens are flock animals. She might like it if she had a friend. I know that my girls never want to be away from each other. Sitting on the nest all the time sounds like a broody. Does she get mad when you try to touch her?

post #4 of 14

Shes probably broody! wee.gif is she growling or peckish?

 

I would get another hen because they are flock animals, you can find some on craigslist. And you can give her a few fertile eggs, there are places on this website you can buy them from. good luck! 

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Dear Pessimist, optimist and realist, 

While you were busy arguing over the glass of water, I drank it!

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post #5 of 14

Greetings from Kansas and welcome-byc.gif!  Happy to have you aboard!  Best of luck to you and your hen!
 

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I never considered a difference in opinion, in religion, in philosophy, as cause for withdrawing from a friend.  - Thomas Jefferson
Life's tragedy is that we get old too soon and wise too late.  - Ben Franklin
If you could kick the person in the pants responsible for most of your trouble, you wouldn't sit for a month.  - Teddy Roosevelt
 

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post #6 of 14
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yes, she pecks me

post #7 of 14

I think she's going broody too!  I would get her a buddy though if you don't want to hatch.  Chickens are very social creatures!

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♪♪ From the autumn leaves, that will ride the breeze ♪♪
♪♪ To the Faith it takes, to pray and sing ♪♪
♪♪ From the Painted sky, to my plank filled eye ♪♪
♪♪ He is God of all, He is everything ♪♪

 

 

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post #8 of 14

Hi and welcome to BYC from northern Michigan big_smile.png

 

Check out this thread - http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/457488/old-fashioned-broody-hen-hatch-a-long-and-informational-thread

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Home of the world's cutest dachshund, one crazy blue heeler, two cats,
              one fat pony, and many (but not too many!) chickens

              Can anyone tell me, how many are too many chickens?

 



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post #9 of 14

Where are you located? I need to get rid of an INCREDIBLY sweet chicken. This is a much longer story that I won't go into unless it's a possibility for our chickens to be friends. :-)

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Welcome to BYC!!!

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Breeding Salmon Faverolles and soon Sussex and Brahmas. 

The incubator is packed with eggs! 

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