What would you do with a lone chicken this winter?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by lengel, Oct 4, 2008.

  1. lengel

    lengel Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have an Aracauna who is very dominant. She was given to us by a neighbor whose other hens were killed. This hen, LC (Lone Chicken), free-ranged for two years before another neighbor complained. During that time, she befriended our guinea hen, Mo, also the last of her group. We penned them together and they did great but we were already in the process of raising a companion for Mo who turned out to be a male (Curly). All three are penned together now but Mo and Curly are excluding LC and now I'm sure that it's going to get ugly.

    So what do I do with this dominant, somewhat anti-social Aracauna this winter? Oh, and she eats her own eggs - or else Mo and Curly eat them but I'm pretty sure it's LC doing the deed.

    DH will have completed five tractors in the next month. All will be occupied as follows:

    Six geriatric "rescued" RIRs who had been pecked within an inch of their lives but have recovered now.
    Five black sex links we raised this last spring and haven't begun laying yet.
    The two guineas, Mo and Curly (small tractor).
    Four production reds which are on order for delivery in a week.
    Six NH reds which are also on order for delivery in a week.

    Since the last two groups are chicks, should I put LC in with one of them (when they're six weeks, that is)? The NH reds maybe since the production reds will be smaller? Do you think that the NH reds will hold their own against LC? I hate to leave her alone. What she had with Mo was perfect but we messed that up by introducing Curly so that train has left the station.
     
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  2. muddler6

    muddler6 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Myself, I would not keep an egg eating chicken around. It would find either a nice warm place on the barbeque, or another home. If you are set on keeping her, put her with other hen that might keep her away from their eggs. I have a cochin hen that I have to pick up out of the nest almost every day to get her eggs.
     
  3. debilorrah

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    I have to agree with muddler. Sounds like a problem chicken.
     
  4. lurky

    lurky Chillin' With My Peeps

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    What part of MA are you in?
     
  5. HR Patterson

    HR Patterson Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Chickens are food. Especially egg eaters. They are stealing my hard worked for food.
     
  6. lengel

    lengel Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Central. Near Leominster in northern Worcester County.

    If I got rid of her, I would have to lie to the neighbors. They have seven kids and they were devastated when they had to give her up.
     
  7. lurky

    lurky Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 4, 2007
    Western MA
    Well thats kinda far anyway [​IMG] Its amazing how small the state of MA is, but how far everyone on here from MA is from me [​IMG]
     
  8. lengel

    lengel Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:That's OK. I think I have to accommodate the situation for the sake of neighbor relations.

    Maybe I should put her in the basement for the winter? I have a huge dog kennel. I could put it near the furnace. Then I'd be certain that she's the egg eater too.
     
  9. mtnhomechick

    mtnhomechick Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 27, 2008
    Mountain Home, AR
    Me? I'd bring her in..................[​IMG]
     
  10. Mini Coop

    Mini Coop Chillin' With My Peeps

    I would make this chicken into chicken soup.
     

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