getting companions for a lone chick - any recommendations?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by butterfieldcoop, Sep 19, 2012.

  1. butterfieldcoop

    butterfieldcoop New Egg

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    Due to a predator attack, our flock of 4 7-week-olds is down to one lone black australorp pullet.

    She wants company - and we want to provide it. We found some craigslist ads - and can drive 2+ hours to get some pullets very close in age.

    Questions:
    1. Do you think it is best to get 1 more pullet or 2 more pullets?
    - we don't want 3 more - since our coop isn't really big enough for 4

    2. We are worried that if we get 2 more pullets from the same source - that the 2 of them will gang up on the australorp. Does anyone know if this is true?

    3. Do you think it matters what breed we get?
    - we had a barred-rock, an easter-egger and a buff-laced-polish. The 4 of them seemed to get along great.
    - available (based on CL ads are: red-comets, australorps, barred rocks, Buff Orpingtons, RIR, New Hampshire Reds, Gold Laced and Silver Laced Wyandottes, and Light Brahmas
    What breed would be a good fit for my surviving australorp... and also be good with my little kids....?

    Thanks in advance!
     
  2. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast Premium Member

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    I'd go with Australorps, Orpingtons or Light Brahmas. All calm chickens in my opinion. If you get two more from the same source, I'd make certain they are younger than your survivor.
     
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  3. butterfieldcoop

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    Quote:
    [FONT=Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]Hmmm... Okay... do you think 5-10 days older matters? Would getting 1 instead of 2 solve the problem? Would getting 2 from different sources solve the problem?[/FONT]
     
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  4. ll

    ll Chillin' With My Peeps

    I introduced one pullet to another pullet for a total of two in the hen house.
    They were fast friends and all is still well.
    I highly recommend Orpingtons, they are great with my daughter.
    I made a page regarding introducing and the link is in my signature line.
    Good luck~!
     
  5. butterfieldcoop

    butterfieldcoop New Egg

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    For a variety of reasons, we ended up introducing our Australorp survivor to a (slightly) younger EE/Araucana type pullet. They were friends within a couple of hours and have been doing great since. Thanks!
     

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