I started with 8 hens five years ago and have lost them individually over this time period from illness, internal laying and one bad incident where a coyote came up to my coop from the woods in daylight when my back was turned and grabbed my little Daisy. Today I lost Kit Kat. Elvie, my last australorp is in the coop alone. I have always spent time with the girls during the day holding them, giving them treats and walking with them as they scratched in the grass and will continue to do so with Elvie. My questions are, do you think Elvie will be too lonely with no other hens or should I try to find an sweet, older hen for a companion? If so, should I try to find another australorp? And any ideas on where would I find an older hen? I am worried that a new companion may be mean to Elvie. I don't want to stress her out anymore than she is from losing Kit Kat. I do not want to start with new chicks, at least for a while. Losing them over these last 5 years have been too hard for me because I get way too attached to them. If I brought her into the house, how big of a cage would she need to be comfortable living in? I have house cats and not sure if they would upset her since she has never been around them. I want to do what is best for Elvie and I am not sure which direction to go here. Any suggestions would be appreciated. Thank-you in advance.