Down to 1 chicken

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Fin4, Nov 4, 2010.

  1. Fin4

    Fin4 New Egg

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    Well, I am down to 1 chicken from 4, thanks to some hawks, and I don't know what to do now.
    Should I run out and get more or wait until Spring. I have the coop and the run big enough for 4. We will fortify the run from future attacks.
    It is supposed to be a rough winter in the Pacific Northwest and I have already been worrying about keeping the girls warm.
    But now she doesn't have anyone to roost with. Ugh.... I've only had chickens since the summer so I am hoping some veterans on this site can give me some guidance.
    Thanks
     
  2. can you hear me now?

    can you hear me now? Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Put a light in the coop for.heat and start early spring I say. This late in the year may be a pIn in the but for chicks.
     
  3. pontoosuc

    pontoosuc Chillin' With My Peeps

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    and as hard as it might be, maybe consider gifting her to a friend to add to their flock and start over again in the spring.

    sorry for your losses. [​IMG]
     
  4. BarredBuff

    BarredBuff Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:I agree. One chicken is not a happy chicken. Im sorry.
     
  5. SilverPhoenix

    SilverPhoenix Bantam Fanatic

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    I'm sorry for your losses, that's really too bad. [​IMG] Chickens should not be kept alone, though--can you get another adult chicken for her to hang out with during the winter? If not, you should consider finding her a home where she can be with other chickens.
     
  6. jollygreenegger1

    jollygreenegger1 New Egg

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    We lost a bird a month ago and are down to 5. If you are in the Tacoma/Olympia area I we would be willing to take her. Our chickens were February birds.
     
  7. Mrs. K

    Mrs. K Overrun With Chickens

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    beg borrow or steal a couple more hens from someone. One hen is a no go, imho. Or let her go and start over.

    They are a flock bird.
     
  8. Fin4

    Fin4 New Egg

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    Thank you all very much for your help. You have said what I expected. I didn't think it would be good for her to be alone. I'd rather try to find another one then give her away, but I do have a home for her to go to if need be. Thanks again.
     
  9. 3littleredhens

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    definitely one hen is not a happy hen, but try Craig's list. Here in the Northeast anyway, many are scaling back their summer flocks for the winter & you might make a nice find.
     
  10. firsthouse_mp

    firsthouse_mp Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Poor sweet hen! We lost one of our BR to a hawk a while back and now we only let our hens out when our dog is out too. She seems to keep the hawks away. I would bet there's someone who is in some similar situation and might need to let theirs go too. Craig'sList or a local small farm?

    I also think it's an ideal time to get chicks! By the time the nice weather rolls around, you will have a laying flock [​IMG]
    Meyer had some Buffs that are due to hatch on the 15th.
     

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