I recently lost a chicken and of course have started thinking about a replacement, the breed possibilities are endless, but of course, I know it's not best practice to add just ONE chicken, but I do not want more than ONE (various reasons, but really I don't want to crowd the girls more than anything). So the question becomes can I add just ONE chicken, or am I best to leave things well enough alone and be happy with my existing flock size, 4 chickens, approximately 2 years old? Not only would getting a new chicken and a new breed be fun, but having a younger chicken in the flock would help with the egg production as well. A few thoughts... I could adopt a rooster in need of a flock (I know, no eggs, but I love the way my drake protects his ladies, and I'm a sucker for an animal in need of a home), but are 4 girls enough for him? Would my neighbors hate me? (roosters are permitted) I have a hen that is prone to going broody, could I stuff a lone chick under her to break her broodiness next time around? Would a single chick have a better shot of being accepted into the flock if it's broody raised? Or I could find a hen/pullet online at POL to integrate? Or I could leave well enough alone and be happy with the girls I have left at this time and wait to add a chicken until my numbers are lower or my coop/run is expanded? (I will not be offended if overwhelming advice is to NOT add a chicken) Any input is welcome. Any links to relevant threads to read through would be great. I know this is not a new question, but my search on BYC was not producing particularly relevant results.