New Coop with one Chicken Question

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Nikkihp, Nov 13, 2009.

  1. Nikkihp

    Nikkihp New Egg

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    Just built a coop for one chicken, she is a Polish Crested and was being pecked to death by our other chickens when she was a chick so we removed her and she has lived in our garage ever since and has become a great pet. As far as I have read chickens should not be housed alone, anyone have any opinions on this!?!? We did tried to introduce another chicken into her coop but they started to beat her up too! We live in Michigan and the coop we built ended up being quite large and I am concerned for her warm in the Winter, her coop will stay in our garage so no issues with wind but since she is alone I am getting a little worried. I would love for her to have a friend but have been very unsuccessful at introducing another chicken. Does anyone have any advice??
    Thanks
    N-
     
  2. emys

    emys Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 19, 2008
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    You could try getting another young polish hen, or a Silkie hen. I've never heard of a Silkie beating up another bird.
     
  3. Overeasyplz

    Overeasyplz Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 8, 2009
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    maybe you should get her another chicken just younger than her, not from your other flock?
     
  4. Zoomom

    Zoomom Certified Cackleberry Consumer

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    I agree, when I had the two Polish they were best buds, but when the boy went to a new home, the Silkie pullet that took is place became best friends with my Polish girl. Never a problem with those two.
     
  5. Country Heart

    Country Heart City Girl With A

    Chickens are flock animals so getting her a friend or two is worth the effort. Glad you were able to save her from the larger flock, great job! [​IMG]
     
  6. FarmerChick

    FarmerChick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Process her now.
    If you do that, then just put her in the freezer and enjoy.

    other than the above, it will be a crapshoot of going thru birds to find a friend. younger bird is best option.
     
  7. Enchanted Sunrise Farms

    Enchanted Sunrise Farms Overrun With Chickens

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    She probably would like a friend. But stick with a crested type, as those top knots are so fascinating to non-crested chickens. When you only have two, personality is real important. Sounds like she needs a shy and docile friend. Polish or Silkie might work, one a bit younger, so smaller to begin with. Good luck!
     
  8. PeeperKeeper

    PeeperKeeper Chillin' With My Peeps

    I agree with getting her a new younger flock mate, but in the mean time try some kind of heat pad. I was lucky enough to come across an old antique carriage foot warmer. A larger ceramic jar with a screw tight stopper. You put hot water in to it and its suppose to go on the floor board of t a carriage or old model T Ford. It lays on its side and the heat is slowly dispursed through the ceramic walls as you rest your feet on it. It worked great for the crib when I had my son in January. By morning, he'd be cuddled up tight to it for warmth. My sister also used it for her daughter who came in the middle of a snowstorm!
     
  9. ErieSpurs

    ErieSpurs Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I agree with everyone else, get another Polish or Silkie. You could also place a heat lamp or lizard heat rock to keep her warm in the mean time. Good Luck.
     
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  10. Nikkihp

    Nikkihp New Egg

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    Thanks Everyone for your suggestions, I really appreciate it! So I have begun my search for a Polish or a Silkie and its not turning out to be very fruitful, I had no idea it would be this hard to locate a breed of chicken!?!? Anyone have any suggestions as to a breeder in Michigan of either chicken. I have searched high and low on the internet and have found very little and what I have found noone will email me back or call..Grrrr!!

    Thanks
    Nikki
     

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