What to do with my single surviving chicken?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by scorbitt, Aug 7, 2009.

  1. scorbitt

    scorbitt Hatching

    Aug 6, 2009
    I have one 10-year-old Buff Orpington still surviving from my original flock of 15 of various varieties. Her last sister died this week. I'm worried that Ellie Mae is lonely.

    Would it be better to leave her to live alone, add a new chicken or give her to a friend who has a flock and is willing to take her in? We're not in a position to start a whole new flock right now.
  2. Soccer Mom

    Soccer Mom Songster

    May 5, 2009
    West of Crazy
    IF you aren't ready to start another flock and have a friend willing to give her a good home, that sounds like your best solution.
  3. Junkmanme

    Junkmanme Songster

  4. ohiofarmgirl

    ohiofarmgirl Songster

    Jan 22, 2009
    our grandma had a single chicken who was about 10 she lasted forever and outlived all the others by years. she was just like a pet and followed her all around the yard. your hen will probably think you are one of the flock.

    or you could always get more.....

  5. chookchick

    chookchick Songster

    Aug 18, 2008
    Olympia WA
    Wow, 10 years old! She probably is very attached to you and her home. What do you think? Does she seem lonely? Seems like a new flock could be stressful for her, but if she is lonely...Know anyone that has just a couple of hens?
  6. fordmommy

    fordmommy Dancing With My Chickens

    Jul 16, 2009

    And second, if you were near Waupaca,WI....I'd loved to take her in. I would love to have a Buff Orpington. I've been looking for one and a Blue Orpington. Then my flock wold be complete.
  7. scorbitt

    scorbitt Hatching

    Aug 6, 2009
    Thanks for all the input! We live in Massachusetts, so thanks for the offer to take her in, but I don't think that would work. [​IMG]

    We are going to investigate taking in a friend's chicken who is being picked on by her flock. I think taking in one additional chicken would work - I hope!

    And reading all the comments from chicken lovers has rekindled my interest. We're talking about starting another flock!
  8. cmom

    cmom Hilltop Farm

    Nov 18, 2007
    My Coop
    [​IMG] I was going to suggest getting her a couple of friends.

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