Hi chicken folk! I've found myself in need of some advice. I recently, last week, built (read:had my boyfriend build) a pretty sweet chicken coop. It could house about 6 hens. We live on an acre, so we thought we'd get some chickens and let them free range. We wanted to start with a manageable amount of chickens, so we got 2. We got them all situated to their coop. Now one is sick. I've separated them. I'm treating the sick one as best I can, but reading through the disesases thread, I know I should prepare myself for her passing. Fingers crossed though! I now realize that 2 is too small a number, in case one gets sick. The healthy one is left alone. Poor things! Anyway, I plan on getting 3-4 more hens, to be friends with my lone lady. I want advice on how to quarantine them. Should I put the new chickens in temporary housing for a month, it is quite small? Or should I remove my lone lady from her mansion coop and put her in temporary housing while I put the newcomers in the big coop? Is quarantine really necessary when I've only got one hen anyway? I'd appreciate any advice you've got!