Last remaining chook - will she get lonely?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by msjenno, Oct 3, 2010.

  1. msjenno

    msjenno New Egg

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    Hi folks,

    Lost a chook today which only leaves one left. Will she be lonely? Should I get a couple more? I want to but I'm worried about introducing them to her as she has always been the bossy one. Any suggestions gratefully accepted.

    Jenny
     
  2. Break an Egg

    Break an Egg Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If you get her some friends, she will probably be the head hen, no matter where she was on the pecking order before. I would get her some friends. Atleast 2 more, chickens are very social creatures, when I was down to only 1, my dog and my hen became very good friends.
     
  3. nzpouter

    nzpouter Chillin' With My Peeps

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    get some younger pullets, they usually assumed the lower rank in the flock...
     
  4. Minniechickmama

    Minniechickmama Senora Pollo Loco

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    You should most definitely get her some friends, maybe 10 or 20, at least. [​IMG]
     
  5. msjenno

    msjenno New Egg

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    LOL 10 or 20 !!!

    I went out and got two 12 week old girls for her to boss around. I let them look at each other for a few hours then let them mingle (they have the whole farm to wander around) - well, long story short - now i have two 12 week old chooks up a tree who refuse to come down for love or money (or food). I haven't had them this young before so learning on the fly - no pun intended. I will wait till it gets dusk at retrieve them. Do the little ones need different feed to the hen?

    Jenny
     
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    Break an Egg Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:The 12 week olds are going to need starter or grower if you can get it. They need less calcuim than laying hen pellets.
     
  7. Minniechickmama

    Minniechickmama Senora Pollo Loco

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    Leave it to me, I love to be the yolker....I mean, joker.
     

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