Finally, I'm posting my first topic! It's kind of a weird question, too, and I wasn't sure where to put it. I'm sorry if this is the wrong place! I'll delete it and move to the proper section if it is! Anyway, on to the meat of the matter- I know chickens are flock animals, and I've read countless times about how they always, always, always do better with friends and buddies. I've heard the rule is that, for people who can't have a big flock, to buy 3 chickens at a time so that when one inevitably ends up dying first, two remain and continue to keep each other company so that a solo remaining chicken doesn't up and die from sadness. Which, sorta doesn't make sense to me, since of those remaining two, one's also just gonna die first- er, but that would give you time to potentially acquire another third chicken to replace the deceased before anyone gets too depressed, maybe? ...hm. But, anyway! I've also heard stories about solo chickens, usually a dedicated housepet-type situation, in which a chicken ends up not only not really knowing what to do when put into the company of other chickens, but seems to vastly prefer human company. Granted, these seemed to be much rarer stories- but then, maybe people attempting to own solo chickens is also rarer? I posted this in the "Managing Your Flock" section because that's basically what I really need to do! I'm moving into a house with a positively microscopic backyard- it exists, but only just. I'm somewhat in love with the idea of a house chicken, since we more or less had one for some time after the aforementioned trio of chickens left a very lonely solo hen behind. Bringing her inside for extra company and love perked her back up after a while, and she's still actually clucking to this day- my mother keeps her in the garage mostly, allowing for daily backyard exercise and occasional indoor stints when she acts a bit mopey. She's a bit large for an all-the-time indoor chicken is the thing... does that really count as an inside chicken, if she's technically in the garage to sleep, coop up, eat, drink, and so on? Does the garage actually count as inside? ...hm. Oh, whoops, I'm really good at rambling- I think more or less, the real focus of this topic should be this; if raised by hand from hatching as a solo chicken, mostly kept close to a human companion, and very much for all intents and purposes being a 'pet' chicken, do you think a solo chicken is a reasonable idea? Can a human substitute in as a chicken's "flock"? More than anything, I want my chicken to be happy and healthy, and silly as it might sound, I do believe in the mental well-being of chickens. If I get too many negative responses on raising a solo chicken, I may end up trying to allow for a pair, if I can... I do feel a little iffy about managing that, though. Ultimately, if it isn't good for the animal, I'll refuse to do it. If you think a solo chicken is doable, breed temperament is also a consideration of mine! Which breeds might take to that sort of lifestyle the best, in your opinions? My highest considerations currently were bantams and seramas due both to their generally friendly natures, and their tiny(manageable) size! A tiny chicken for a tiny yard. Sorry for the long-winded post, and thank you in advance for your consideration!