Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by MareeZoCool, Mar 27, 2011.

  1. MareeZoCool

    MareeZoCool Chillin' With My Peeps

    [​IMG] I am so confused. [​IMG] Been told by an older farmer that chicks won't survive if they're alone? Then the stores insist that you buy 6 or more??[​IMG] [​IMG] I love them, so the more, the merrier![​IMG]
  2. kevin2010

    kevin2010 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 22, 2008
    tucker wv
    if you love them keep buying more their is never such thing as too many chickens at least for everyone on byc
  3. ralleia

    ralleia Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 22, 2011
    Omaha, NE
    They're flock animals, so they're likely going to go through life feeling more stressed without a few buddies. I wouldn't keep less than three.
  4. wekiva bird

    wekiva bird Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 18, 2010
    South Carolina
  5. catdaddy66

    catdaddy66 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 18, 2009
    Lugoff, SC
    Chickens are quite sociable and do better with a few others to pal around with. They set up a social order known as the "pecking order" so everyone knows their place and duties. Crazy, right? But yes, they like company.
  6. Jake1297

    Jake1297 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 18, 2011
    Western Maine
    I have a single Bard Rock cross Cochin who hatched unexpectedly. He's 3 weeks old and doing fine since he has adopted my wife and dogs as his buddies. As for having to buy 6, I wanted to get him a couple companions at TSC and they informed me I had to buy 6 because it was a state law. Maybe it is, or maybe they say that to sell more.
  7. chickenbarn-gal

    chickenbarn-gal Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 6, 2010
    If you buy only 1 baby chick then most likely it won't survive.
    (Because it's not 100% that your baby chick(s), once bought, will survive)

    Chickens are flock animals and love to sleep next to each other, be with each other, & play with each other. I think the minimum chicks you should buy is about 3. I think it would be kind of sad to not have anybody else... [​IMG]
    Good luck with your chickens! [​IMG]
    Last edited: Mar 27, 2011
  8. ranchhand

    ranchhand Rest in Peace 1956-2011

    Aug 25, 2008
    Chickens are very sociable, flock oriented animals. They may not die if raised alone, but they will be happier when raised with their own kind. I had 2 hens once, and one was killed. The remaining hen was very unhappy, so I got some more grown hens to keep her company.

    ALL WRONG things to do. [​IMG]

    1. I didn't quarantine the new birds for a minimum of 30 days, which is crucial.
    2. I just stuck them all in the coop together, with no introductory period, separated by wire after the quarantine. I had to treat a lot of fighting injuries until the pecking order was established.

    That was 19 years ago, I know better now! [​IMG]

    I did just recently have a chick that was alone for 2 weeks before the next hatch. He was miserable, even with his stuffed monkey for comfort. When the next batch hatched, I divided the brooder so they could see and hear each other. By day 3 or so the solo chick had hopped over to the other side. He is still the "mother hen" to that bunch!
  9. I-Have-Happy-Hens

    I-Have-Happy-Hens Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 16, 2010
    Carrboro, NC
    yes 3 or more
  10. pharmchickrnmom

    pharmchickrnmom Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 13, 2010
    OOO--thanks Ranchhand! I have a lone silkie chick that hatched (out of 6 eggs) and it is now 23 days old. She hates being in her box alone. I have 10 more eggs going into lockdown on wednesday. Your post tells me that a screen will be needed in the brooder box so she doesnt hurt the new babies. More silkies. I am hoping that she will take to the new babies as I can only silkie sit so many times a day. I think she thinks of herself as a human!!! And to the original post---yes, chicks need company unless you want to carry them around all the time!!!

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