When there is only a hen left...

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by redsoxs, Jul 26, 2011.

  1. redsoxs

    redsoxs Chicken Obsessed

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    I have a newbie question. This spring I wanted to get into chickens....got a bunch from a local farm and ranch store - the "pan fry" special - comprised almost entirely of surplus cockerels. Except for one. She looks like a silver leghorn. Her flock mates are making their way to freezer camp two or three at a time. She is small so she would be the last to go. I have ordered a new batch of chicks from a hatchery to be eventual laying hens. My questions is about the lone hen I have now. She is about 17 weeks. Are there reasons for and against keeping her to start laying and then add in the new chicks when they grow up, as opposed to processing her with the boys? Will she freak being the only chicken for awhile? I plan to dispatch the remaining 10 cockerels this weekend and the chicks won't be in until Aug. 10th or so. Thanks...
     
  2. hcppam

    hcppam Chillin' With My Peeps

    no, she might be a little lonely at first, but she will most likely, bond more whit you until she gets coop mates.
     
  3. emys

    emys Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Why not save a small rooster to keep her company until the new layers get old enough to mix with her. She will be laying eggs well before any of the young ones.
     
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  4. goldies99

    goldies99 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    i dont know alot about chickens but they get very sad when they are alone...to give it a try to see for yourself, put her alone from the others (if you can)
    and you will she how lost she will be and she will balk and look for the others...[​IMG] good luck
     
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  5. redsoxs

    redsoxs Chicken Obsessed

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    Quote:I never thought of that - great idea. I have a little EE I've had a soft spot for that I could keep. Thanks, emys!
     
  6. emys

    emys Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Sure thing!
     

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