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Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by vkbceb, Jan 3, 2017.

  1. vkbceb

    vkbceb New Egg

    Jan 3, 2017
    Three and a half years ago, we bought two Barred Rock chicks. They lived in a coop outside, were very healthy. In October, one of them died (don't know why). Now we have one chicken, and can't get any more. Child who takes care of them is going to college, and we can't manage new ones.

    The remaining chicken is healthy, lays 3-5 eggs each week, and behaves much as she always did. But I'm worried that she's lonely. A nearby friend has some hens, and has offered to take her.

    I love the chicken (and her eggs) and don't want her to go away, but wonder if it would be better for her. She's always been pretty crabby and I'm afraid she won't like the other chickens (or they won't like her). She's never been around any other chickens except the one that died. Would a new home be a strain on the old girl, or would it be better for her?
  2. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

    May 3, 2009
    New Jersey
    [​IMG] Chickens are flock creatures and generally prefer the company of others. That being said, I would be reluctant to take a 3.5 year old hen out of the only home she has ever known and put her through the struggle of orienting into a new flock. Let her spend her final time where she is comfortable. Unless that is we can encourage you to get more birds. [​IMG]
  3. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Chicken tender Premium Member

    Jul 16, 2015
    central Wisconsin
    Chickens hate change and bond with a territory. If she seems happy and okay I would keep her. Being relocated to a foreign coop and flock will be really stressful. She will probably be bottom bird and could take a few months before she's part of the flock.
  4. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

    Nov 27, 2012
    SW Michigan
    My Coop
    If you cannot take care of her, I'd give her to your friend...
    ...IF they understand the situation, knows how to care for an older bird, and knows how to integrate single bird.

    If you can still care for her, she may be fine on her own.
    Last edited: Jan 4, 2017

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