Single chicken behavior

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by tckrozell, Dec 17, 2015.

  1. tckrozell

    tckrozell New Egg

    Dec 17, 2015
    So my husband and i have 4 chickens and 7 ducks all in the same area together. We are thinking about getting rid of all of them but 1 which is our "baby" but we are worried. Will she be ok going from being with a bunch of others to being bt herself?
  2. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

    May 3, 2009
    New Jersey
    [​IMG] Chickens are 'flock' creatures, and she will be unhappy by herself. Why not cut back to 3 including your "baby"? That way if something happens to one of them there are still two left for companionship.
  3. Lost Bird

    Lost Bird Out Of The Brooder

    May 8, 2014
    North Texas
    I had one chicken - well, she had me. She showed up in my yard and stayed. But she was terribly lonely and would do her best to make a roo call to find friends.

    She disappeared one day; suspect a predator got her. But have three chickens now and when they can't find each other they bock-bock their loud scared cry. I have to go out and find them and get them together before they stop.
  4. Teila

    Teila Bambrook Bantams Premium Member

    When I started on my chicken adventure I only had two girls; sadly, one passed away and the one girl on her own was desperate for company. I had to dash out and buy her a friend.

    I agree with sourland in that I would now never have less than 3. Meaning that if I did lose one, there would still be two for company and I would have time to find a replacement.

    I have heard of people having one chicken as a family pet and some do OK but maybe these were raised as a single chick.

    I do think that a chicken that was used to company finding herself alone would be very upset.
  5. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

    Nov 27, 2012
    SW Michigan
    My Coop
    I'd maybe get rid of the ducks and see how it goes with the chickens only.

    But have to ask....why are thinking of getting rid of them?

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