And then there was only one.

RuBee

Chirping
Nov 29, 2018
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I had been out of the chicken business for 20 years and decided to start again with a small flock. I purchased three two year old sex links in August. Two of them have died so I now have only one chicken. Should I get more or give her away and start over in the spring? She hasn't laid any eggs since I got her.
 

Callender Girl

Free Ranging
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I would keep her and get new flock mates in the spring. After a mink killed three of my four laying hens last winter, Honey was all alone in her coop. She did okay, but didn't seem to get along with the Iowa Blues in another coop. I quickly let her return to her old, lonely coop. I bought two Salmon Faverolles chicks in the spring and let her get to know them free-ranging in the yard during the day. Now, Honey, Celeste and Camille happily live in the same coop and roost together.

I am sorry to hear about your loss, but it would be, in my opinion, a shame to give up on chickens. While she was an "only" bird, Honey became very, very people friendly. Maybe your girl will bond with you until she gets chicken friends?
 

Cragg Klefor

Crowing
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I had been out of the chicken business for 20 years and decided to start again with a small flock. I purchased three two year old sex links in August. Two of them have died so I now have only one chicken. Should I get more or give her away and start over in the spring? She hasn't laid any eggs since I got her.
What happened the other two? Anything your remaining chicken might be carrying?
 

RuBee

Chirping
Nov 29, 2018
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100
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Central Virginia
Good question. I'm not sure with the first one. Possibly egg bound. She was molting and had been laying rubber eggs. I discovered her sitting to herself, feathers ruffled, dirarhea, etc. Within 24 hours she was gone. I didn't know enough then to check for egg bound. One of the other chickens had similar symptoms and recovered. They had been eating bird seed from under the feeder. I have now moved the feeder.
The second one was egg bound. The egg burst leaving shell inside. I nursed her for eleven days. She had made a remarkable recovery so I returned her to the coop. The next morning she was dead. I think she was weaker than I realized and the change in temperature was too much for her body. I was devastated.
 

Cragg Klefor

Crowing
Apr 14, 2017
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Sorry to hear that :hugs It's at least good it seems it wasn't an infectious disease, although unknown what caused the egg issues.
For the sake of the remaining chicken, I would think if you have bonded with her hold on to her and get her some new friends.
Did the other chickens have calcium available to them - oyster grit or even crushed eggshell? To help with egg laying. Just would be unfortunate to have this happen you again.
 

RuBee

Chirping
Nov 29, 2018
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Central Virginia
I do have oyster shells available and I crush egg shells for them. I got them in August. They are two year old sex links. I've recently read that sex links can have reproductive issues. The one I have now has never laid for me. Only one of the others laid and quality of the eggs wasn't good.
Thank you for your input. I don't want to re-home the other one, but I don't want her to be lonely. I work so my daylight hours with her is limited.
 

Cragg Klefor

Crowing
Apr 14, 2017
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County Kilkenny, Ireland
Aw the poor girls. I recently lost one to a reproductive disorder. It's not a nice way to go.
Hens are social creatures and do need to be part of a flock, she would be alright on her own for a while though! Right now, she has someone who is looking after her well. You could keep her and IF she gets really lonely before you can get more - consider re-homing her then :)
 

RuBee

Chirping
Nov 29, 2018
37
100
59
Central Virginia
Aw the poor girls. I recently lost one to a reproductive disorder. It's not a nice way to go.
Hens are social creatures and do need to be part of a flock, she would be alright on her own for a while though! Right now, she has someone who is looking after her well. You could keep her and IF she gets really lonely before you can get more - consider re-homing her then :)
Thank you for your suggestion. I have become attached to her. I'm hoping to find a few more chickens to add to the flock.
 

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