We've had some bad luck recently resulting in a few chicken deaths. We're now left with a very lonely, sick hen and an unwell chic (perhaps the carrier of whatever killed the others). Since becoming unwell and losing her companion, the older hen has become very solemn, nervy and generally unhappy. We'd love to mix both the hen and (very neurotic) chic but as its getting cold the chic isn't old enough to live outside. Also, if we bring in new hens at this stage I fear they may become ill. Both are currently on antibiotics (Tylan) and we hope all will clear up so we can pair them together outside within the next month. In the meantime, does anyone have any suggestions how we could enrich the older hen's life? (The chick is content with human company and watching TV indoors!) The vet, although unconfirmed, suggested they may have Mycoplasma which I understand to be contagious even once treated. Could we repopulate the flock once the symptoms vanish? I'd hate to have to cull our current birds, although sick and barmy, we love them to bits!