May be down to one chicken soon

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by mcjessen, Dec 7, 2011.

  1. mcjessen

    mcjessen Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 22, 2011
    Coeur d Alene ID
    I may be loosing one of two remaining chickens. She's been molting since September but was moving really slowly today. She just looks like she doesn't feel well. If she dies I'll have one chicken all by herself. Given the time of year I seriously doubt I'll find a buddy or buddies for the single chicken. If we decide to get more chickens in the spring, it'll take two months to get them up to size to be in with the single girl.

    So, my question is, what would you do if you faced the possibility only having one chicken? Would it be a good idea to keep her by herself or give her away and start over again in the spring?

    On a side it possible to get a "bad batch" of opringtons? I ask because the orpington flock mate to the sick girl died several weeks ago.
  2. roxyblue

    roxyblue Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 6, 2011
    pittsburgh, PA
    I would not give her away if she is sick.....and chickens are very social. If the other girl dies (so sorry about that!) then I would probably cull and start over in the spring........having sick chickens is very depressing. [​IMG]
    Last edited: Dec 8, 2011
  3. StarLover21

    StarLover21 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 11, 2011
  4. mcjessen

    mcjessen Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 22, 2011
    Coeur d Alene ID
    The potential remaining chicken (BA) is not sick. She's been laying regularly and is seemingly healthy. No sighs of anything. The sick/molting chicken is the one I'm thinking I might lose.

    Just to be clear, what you're saying is to give the BA away because I'd only have one chicken and then start raising again in the spring?
  5. DDRanch

    DDRanch Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 15, 2008
    If it were me, I would not give her away but find a friend for her to live with. I would check with our BYC site to see if any members live close to you, your feed store, Craig's list (or similar listing) local vets, etc. Someone near you has a chicken friend for your hen.
  6. stone_family3

    stone_family3 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 11, 2011
    I was down to one girl due to an animal attack, I just got a few new ones on CL. I see them all the time average price of a pullet here in Ohio is $8
  7. bloom_ss

    bloom_ss Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 23, 2011
    Spokane Valley, WA
    [​IMG] Hello neighbor! Sorry to hear that you may be losing one of your hens. [​IMG] I would look for a friend for your remaining hen if you do lose the one that is acting sick. They are very social birds and I would think it would be better for her to have at least one friend to help with warmth through the winter months. Check on Craigslist...there are usually some good deals on there. [​IMG] Also, I believe I saw that one of the shelters here in Spokane (I think it was Spokanimal) had a rescued hen on their website about a week ago...maybe check them out also.
  8. andrea98

    andrea98 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 10, 2009
    in my barnyard....ohio
    yes yes look on clist or newspaper . dont cull her , poor girl . put an add on her that you are looking for a few hens to buddy up with your girl, you shouldnt have any problem with the help of fellow bycers. best of luck
  9. ll

    ll Chillin' With My Peeps

    I would definitely keep her, especially if she is friendly and/or you have attachment.
    You could rehome her and start anew, but it's not necessary.
    I have introduced one to another one, they are living together happily ^^
    I made a page about it, link below.
  10. RedIII

    RedIII Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 30, 2011
    Tooele, Utah
    You could also try the KSL classifieds. I wouldn't want to cull her - just get a new friend!

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