Shall I get a companion for my only hen?

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by aliciamclr, Feb 11, 2013.

  1. aliciamclr

    aliciamclr Hatching

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    I was given a hen for Christmas and she is by herself in my yard, roaming free. Seems happy and have been laying eggs, one every 36 hours or so and I pick them. Now she won't leave the nest. Is she depressed, shall I get another hen?
     

  2. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    [​IMG] If she won't leave the nest, she has probably gone broody. Get some fertile egg for her, and in 21 days she will hatch and raise her own companions.
     
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  3. chickenpooplady

    chickenpooplady Songster

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    Chickens are flock animals. She might like it if she had a friend. I know that my girls never want to be away from each other. Sitting on the nest all the time sounds like a broody. Does she get mad when you try to touch her?
     
  4. tadpole98

    tadpole98 Songster

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    Shes probably broody! [​IMG] is she growling or peckish?

    I would get another hen because they are flock animals, you can find some on craigslist. And you can give her a few fertile eggs, there are places on this website you can buy them from. good luck!
     
  5. redsoxs

    redsoxs Crowing

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    Greetings from Kansas and [​IMG]! Happy to have you aboard! Best of luck to you and your hen!
     
  6. aliciamclr

    aliciamclr Hatching

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    yes, she pecks me
     
  7. Back2MyRoots

    Back2MyRoots Songster

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    I think she's going broody too! I would get her a buddy though if you don't want to hatch. Chickens are very social creatures!
     

  8. 1muttsfan

    1muttsfan Crowing

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  9. theOliverofarm

    theOliverofarm In the Brooder

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    Where are you located? I need to get rid of an INCREDIBLY sweet chicken. This is a much longer story that I won't go into unless it's a possibility for our chickens to be friends. :)
     
  10. Mr MKK FARMS

    Mr MKK FARMS Crowing Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC!!!
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    Glad you joined us!
     

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