Introduce a new chicken?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by kat399, Mar 17, 2010.

  1. kat399

    kat399 In the Brooder

    Mar 31, 2008
    Northern Canada
    Ok, I have a situation. Over 4 yrs ago a friend gave me two hens to keep as pets. Well, this morning I find one of them has passed away. My other hen is now by herself and quite distressed. Should I get her another hen for company, or should I keep her by herself?
  2. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner Free Ranging

    Feb 2, 2009
    Southeast Louisiana
    Chickens are social animals. They really need other chickens around. I'd suggest getting two point-of-lay pullets to introduce to her. As much as they need other chickens, the introductions can go kind of rough. I'll give you a link to Buff's page that talks about quarantine and integration. It should help.

    Buff HooliganÂ’s Adding to your flock

    Good Luck!!!
  3. RedfogsFlock

    RedfogsFlock Songster

    Jan 17, 2010
    Wittmann, AZ
    WOW you only had 2??? You are strong willed! I got two, lost one, and got two more for my girl. That was last June,


    We have 6 leghorns, 4 orpintons, 1 silky, 3 RIR, 2 barred rocks, 2 turkeys, 1 leghorn roo, 1 polish roo, 4 EE, and 10 ducks! [​IMG]

    My DH would love you, cuz you seem to have a rare thing called will power, lol Something I am really lacking!

    Yes, a companion would be nice, but I would do two. This way when your older hens time comes you will already have a companion for your other girl and won't have to deal with the new introductions.
  4. kat399

    kat399 In the Brooder

    Mar 31, 2008
    Northern Canada
    I found a suitable friend for her. Thanks!

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