When we first got our RI reds last May we started with three. They were straight run but we live in town so were hoping for no Roos. Unfortunately we got one Roo who we loved to death but my neighbor made us get rid of him cause he crowed to loud . So we were down to two hens which was fine they got along really well. But then just two weeks ago her wattle and comb got really pale so I started to worry but had to go to work so my parents where whatching her to make sure she was fine. I got home and my mother said she was looking better so I went to go check on her. When I looked inside the coop she was laying on the coupe floor dead . So we had an autopsy done the vety said she had internal bleeding from either trama to the chest or a bacterial infection. So we put our last hen on some antibiotics. But now she is really lonley and I would like to get her another friend or two (as she is my baby and I want her to be as happy as possible.) but I have heard you have to get a chicken the same age as the ones you have is this true or can I get some chicks and raise them up and introduce them to one another? Also do they need to be RI reds? Sorry for the really long story just wanted to tell you guys what happened.