I raised two hens from two days old. They grew up together and, though they squabbled over food sometimes, were pretty much inseparable. My poor little RIR died this weekend from natural causes. I'm wondering now if I need to get a companion for my Buff Orpington. She's 5 now and is no, uh, spring chicken herself. She seems normal enough after the other one's passing. She's doing all the normal things in all the normal places, and she's eating just fine. (Actually, she's eating very well -- the RIR was the dominant hen and always got to the treats first!) I don't really *want* more chickens, but I know that chickens are flock animals and don't normally live alone. Does anyone have any experience with keeping a single hen? Is it cruel to keep her alone like that, with no one to talk to? Is introducing another hen even an option at this point -- I mean, I guess it's possible that she'd get upset having someone else on her turf. (Though she's really mellow, so I don't think it would be a problem.) Anecdotes and advice are appreciated.