getting a companion for a single pet hen

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by JFG, Mar 14, 2011.

  1. JFG

    JFG In the Brooder

    Jul 12, 2010
    I have a single silkie hen that is about 2 years old. I have had her since last August. She lives in an Eglu in the back yard; free ranging in the yard when I am home on weekends. She has had 2 periods of broodiness;other than that laid eggs 4-5 days per week. I know chickens are socail and have considered getting her a friend. At this point would that be a good idea? Would they share the coop or would they fight? Could I get another bantam breed that might be a better egg layer than a silkie or would it be best to stick with the same breed?
  2. SpringChickens

    SpringChickens Songster

    Feb 1, 2009
    Lexington, KY
    I would definitely get her a friend. A few words of caution; if you get an adult, make sure you quarantine it for at least 30 days before you introduce her to your silkie. If you get chicks, get multiples (at least 3) so they won't be lonely growing up, and introduce them when they are at least 8 weeks old.

    Any breed of bantam should be fine - doesn't have to be a silkie.

    Good luck!!
  3. tinychicky

    tinychicky Songster

    Mar 24, 2010
    Hollis, New Hampshire
    another silkie should be okay. yes, they might fight a little at first, but if you introduce them while they're free ranging, they should be okay. the other option involves no fighting: let her hatch some fertile eggs the next time she gets broody! just set a couple and you'll get at least one chick. if you get two, but don't want both, give one away! good luck! [​IMG]
  4. SpringChickens

    SpringChickens Songster

    Feb 1, 2009
    Lexington, KY
    Quote:Letting her raise her own chicks is a great idea!!
  5. Dixiedoodle

    Dixiedoodle Songster

    Apr 14, 2007
    I agree, find some eggs and let her raise her own friends. YES, FRIENDS. I would keep at least two chicks to be her companions.. There are tons of bantam breeds that are cute and that lay eggs well... Good luck w/ your choice..

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