number of chickens?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by rtn11, Aug 13, 2008.

  1. rtn11

    rtn11 New Egg

    Aug 13, 2008

    I'm new to the world of chickens, although I've been planning to keep chickens for a long time as laying hens, rather than for meat.

    I was wondering how many chickens you should keep to make sure they are happy. Would one alone be ok, or are they the sort of animal that needs to be kept in 2s or 3s?

    How much space would you allow per chicken (free range)?
  2. ChickenToes

    ChickenToes Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 14, 2008
    NE Wisconsin
    I can't answer the free ranging question, but you should always have more than one chicken. They are social animals and need the interaction. 2 is good, 3 is better.
  3. bigzio

    bigzio Overrun With Chickens

    Jan 20, 2007
    Welcome to BYC!....yep chickens are a flock breed that love the company of one another, although you would need to ajust to the way the flock actually gets along.

    I would think 3 or 4 at the least....and then more if you have the room.

    You won't regret the wonderful therapy they provide, if you have the right mindset.

  4. ChandlersChickens

    ChandlersChickens Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 8, 2008
    Delphos, OH
    Oh good! All the more reason to get more chickens!! [​IMG]
  5. Daycare Mom

    Daycare Mom Chickens, Cuddly and Delicious

    Apr 9, 2008
    Conklin, Michigan
    You could try to only have a few, but be careful before you know it you will have MORE!!! Chickens are like chips, you can't have just one! [​IMG]
  6. 55885100

    55885100 Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 3, 2008
    no one is not enoph it might get sad and lonly but i hear they do ok in pairs of 2
  7. Wildsky

    Wildsky Wild Egg!

    Oct 13, 2007
    As far as space - each chicken needs at LEAST 4 sf in the coop - and at least 10 sf in an outdoor run area - or free-rangeing area in the back yard.
  8. WindyOaksYokes

    WindyOaksYokes Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 17, 2007
    Central Virginia
    Nope, cant get just one... oh nooo... [​IMG]

    Welcome to BYC!!!
  9. mistylady

    mistylady Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 1, 2008
    Ohio near Coshocton
    Chickies are social critters! They have personalities and lots of charm! You wouldn't be happy with just one anyway! They're addictive! LOL

    If you're in my area I'll have some chicks soon and you're welcome to a couple. Just hollar! I love to get people hooked on chickens!
  10. sadieH5836

    sadieH5836 Out Of The Brooder

    Dec 27, 2007
    Egg Harbor
    Yes more the merrier
    I only wanted 8 chickens back in january. I thought I was happy with just 8
    2 weeks ago I added 2 more adults and just yesterday bought 4 more that are 3 months old. I would like to think I'm done but..........[​IMG] we'll see

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