One breeder told me I need to get two at the same time so they would have each other for support as they integrate with my other breeds, but the breeder I ended up buying from didn't seem to think that mattered. So I got one adult hen and some baby chicks. The hen won't be the only Ameraucana forever, but she has at least six weeks to wait for the chicks to grow up. In the meantime, she is looking pretty outcast, since the other hens don't let her associate with them much. (Two buff orpingtons, a barred rock, and a black australorp.) At night they are all happy to pile in and roost together, and the only squabbling I see is a buff orpington will mildy chase her if she comes too close. The new one definitely sticks to herself pretty much all day long. (Today is the 5th day.) I'm beginning to think the first breeder was right, and I should have gotten her a friend of her own kind. Should I try to get a second Ameraucana so that the two newbies can band together? Or would that just double the problem, since they will be strangers to each other and might not like each other. If I were to get another one, should it be the exact same breed, in order for them to "recognize their own kind"? Or would they place color similarity above body shape and size? My Ameraucana is a lavender, so she is much paler than my other chickens, practically white. I know where I might be able to get a white Easter Egger type of "Americana", and I am wondering if that would be close enough in size and color to make the two of them happy. My other option is to try to get a true Ameraucana from a breeder I found who has only wheatens. Or maybe I should just let her stick it out. I'm sure she will adjust eventually. I'm probably anthropomorphizing that she seems lonely and needs a friend. The first breeder probably got that idea stuck into my head. What do you guys think?