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Keeping one single chicken? Good idea or bad?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Mr B, Jul 10, 2011.

  1. Mr B

    Mr B New Egg

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    My beloved Buff Orpington died today which takes our flock number to one. One single hen. My question is do I keep her and get new chicks next spring or do I find her a new home with more friends? Does anyone have only one chicken? I live in Nebraska and can't imagine a cold winter by yourself is good for anyone, yet alone a chicken. Thoughts?
     
  2. Axle Quails

    Axle Quails Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:i have one chicken and she fine [​IMG]

    but im building my flock up
     
  3. jerseygirl1

    jerseygirl1 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I vote get her a friend - I would not want to be the lone person in a group of chickens and I guess vice versa
     
  4. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

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    Quote:Agreed. Flock animals like chickens need friends.

    ETA [​IMG]
     
    Last edited: Jul 10, 2011
  5. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast Premium Member

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    Quote:Agreed. Flock animals like chickens need friends.

    AMEN!
     
  6. UC Student

    UC Student Out Of The Brooder

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    havent you heard of chicken math yet? I didn't know that such a thing as having 1 chicken even existed!
     
  7. punky rooster

    punky rooster Awesome

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    Quote:Agreed. Flock animals like chickens need friends.

    AMEN!

    [​IMG]
     
  8. lowry075

    lowry075 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Sorry about your loss. I agree with the others, she needs some friends. I had two, worried about one dying and isolating the one left, so now I have five chickens. [​IMG]
     
  9. WooingWyandotte

    WooingWyandotte Overrun With Chickens

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    Get 'er a friend. Check Craigslist, there is usually a hen for sale.
     
  10. Mrs. K

    Mrs. K Overrun With Chickens

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    You have a worry with the winter too, more chickens mean more body heat, and unless you heat your coop, she really does need more chickens.
     

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