Earlier this evening my DH left the shed door open and my dachshund got in and chewed through the bottom corner of their cardboard brooder box and killed 3 out of 4 of my five week old chicks. Thankfully one was able to fly to safety. I had moved the chicks to the cardboard box as they had grown out of the plastic tote brooder by 3 weeks! I The cardboard box was just a temporary fix while I finished up a 4 x 10 chicken tractor which was going to be their home until they were big enough to join the big girls in the larger coop/run. Now I have one lonely chick to put in it this weekend. ( She's back in the tote for now). My question is: is it better to let her live alone for the next few months or get her a companion ( or two) her age so when she DOES join the hens ( there are 6) she will have "back up". I've always tried to add in pairs. I don't want her to be lonely, but I don't want to bring in new chick and possibly bring in something else ( illness??) and suffer more heartbreak. Advise anyone????