Advice on a Choice?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Thunder Bird, Feb 13, 2016.

  1. Thunder Bird

    Thunder Bird Out Of The Brooder

    My two hens are sisters, Turkey and Raven. Turkey died today so Raven is left alone. Should I get another 'sister' for her or get chicks? If I do get chicks, Raven is going to mother them.
  2. sumi

    sumi Égalité Staff Member

    Jun 28, 2011
    Rep of Ireland
    Sorry to hear about your loss. If Raven is your only remaining chicken, I think it would be better to get an older (adult) bird to keep her company. Unless she is broody, chances are she won't be tolerant of chicks and may harm them.
    Last edited: Feb 14, 2016
  3. keesmom

    keesmom Overrun With Chickens

    Jul 28, 2008
    Get another grown pullet or hen. Your remaining bird is much more likely attack chicks than take care of them.
  4. azygous

    azygous Flock Master

    Dec 11, 2009
    Colorado Rockies
    If you don't want to complicate your life unnecessarily, look on Craig's List or inquire at the animal shelter for an adult hen. Integrating one hen with a single hen will be a breeze compared to trying to add chicks to the picture. (Your hen will NOT mother the chicks.)

    In fact, get two hens, so you won't end up with a solitary hen again any time soon.
  5. dekel18042

    dekel18042 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 18, 2013
    x3 on getting an adult bird. Other than Craig's list, check with your feed store and see if you can post a notice looking for a hen or two or call your county 4-H agent. The 4-H kids who have chickens are often willing to sell a few.
  6. ChickenChaser9

    ChickenChaser9 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 3, 2016
    Hello Thunder Bird,
    I'm very sorry to hear about Turkey. The replies you've received in the thread so far are not wrong but I would feel better agreeing with them if I knew more about your situation. Chicks require more than a little 'babying'. They are very much worth the effort in my eyes but it is challenging to raise a tiny number of chicks. There are always going to be conflicts when introducing new birds into the 'flock' the recommendations are based on the facts that adult birds can defend themselves from bullies better and are less fragile overall. That being said depending on the breed of your bird she may be more or less inclined to bully newcomers. Cochins for instance do very well with baby chicks and are known for raising babies but a Leghorn wont go broody under most circumstances.
    There is nothing wrong with getting an established pullet to add to your flock, that would as the people say most likely be ideal for you but you have options should you wish to pursue a different course. Hope this helps!
  7. Thunder Bird

    Thunder Bird Out Of The Brooder

    It helps a lot, thanks. Raven is only 1 years old and I doubt she will be a good mother, at least in the middle of winter. Turkey was basically the opposite of her, but since I don't have her the care for chicks, I'll get a hen around the same age as her. :) thanks everyone, I might be getting another hen today so thanks for your advice!

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