Single hen vs. adding additional hens

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by lizamagee, Aug 3, 2014.

  1. lizamagee

    lizamagee Hatching

    Aug 3, 2014
    Davis, CA
    Hi all. I have had two barred rocks in my backyard for the last month. Everything was going great until we hit a week of 100+ degree weather. Sadly my smaller hen succumbed to the heat and passed away. Now I'm left with her sister as a solitary hen. I want to so what is best for her but I'm not sure if I should introduce new birds. Here are my main questions and concerns:
    Will she be unhappy being the only chicken or would she prefer companions in other hens? (Obviously after proper quarantine and proper introductions)
    If I do want to add chickens, I'm assuming I would have to bring in at least 2 new hens. Would it be better to start raising chicks or should I try to find adult chickens to introduce?

    Any advice, suggestions and answers are greatly appreciated!
  2. Mountain Peeps

    Mountain Peeps Change is inevitable, like the seasons

    Apr 23, 2014
    My Coop

    Sorry for your loss! Chickens are social creatures and thrive on other chicken contact. Your single hen will be very lonely if there are no other chickens. Unless she is going to be a house pet or you have other birds (ducks or guineas) then she needs other chickens.

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