Pet Chicken - How many?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Robbo, Mar 20, 2013.

  1. Robbo

    Robbo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hello,

    I am new and researching chickens as pets and possibly potentially egg layers (in the future).

    I had a question that I cannot seem to find... if you are just getting a chicken(s) as pets... is it recommended to have more than one? I know it may seem silly to ask but I have raised many animals (animal lover) and have always found in research some do best alone and some do best in pairs because they are "social" and don't like to be alone... but I can't seem to find much info on chickens about this.

    Would it be okay if I only bought one chick and raised it and then cooped it outside - or would two do better?

    Thanks!
     
  2. brahmabreeder

    brahmabreeder Chillin' With My Peeps

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    These are flock animals so they do better with a buddy. One chicken will get lonely.
     
  3. ronott1

    ronott1 Daily Digest Guru Premium Member

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    The single chick and then chicken would be very sad and lonely. Always get more than one.

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  4. ChickensRDinos

    ChickensRDinos Chillin' With My Peeps

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    A lone chicken does not do well. They need a flock. I would recommend 3 -- that way if anything happens to one there is still a social structure.
     
  5. WalkingOnSunshine

    WalkingOnSunshine Overrun With Chickens

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    The minimum recommended number of chickens is three. You need to have some semblance of a flock structure. Birds of a feather flock together--and single chickens are miserable.
     
  6. Robbo

    Robbo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you all, and for the such quick responses!

    I have found the information in this forum and website amazing. I have been reading for hours now, haha.
     
  7. miquwid

    miquwid Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I've seen people have just one chicken it doesn't seem to cause problems, just your average nutrition, shelter, and exercise are most important.

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    This is a single chicken coop made for the urban lifestyle!

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