Hi there, I have decided that after my last chickens are gone I won't be getting any more. I have had a few problems with pests (rats and mice and now crows getting into my pen!) and I decided to stop keeping chickens due to all the problems (family are upset about the pests and want me to stop keeping them too). So anyway, my problem being that I have a cockerel and I just lost a hen to suspected egg yolk peritonitis-she seemed to be his favourite chicken and now i do not really have enough hens for the cockerel (only 3 now). I do not want my remaining hens to be over mated and also do not want my cockerel to be upset that he doesn't have enough hens! Now I hate to sell/give away pets, and when I took on the cockerel it was more out of guilt (a stupid reason)-I bought a couple of extra hens a while ago and the owner kinda persuaded me to take the cockerel on with them otherwise he'd have to kill it-so i did. At the time I had enough hens for him, although he is one of the younger birds. Now I have lost some since then I can't keep getting more hens for him -I have no idea how long he will live and I don't want to take on anymore. Chances of rehoming are really slim-the last owner got lucky when I came along! So I'm just a bit stuck with what to do-I guess I wanted a few ideas, what do you do with your remaining hens when you are going out of henkeeping? Same problem if you only happened to have one hen left-what to do with them, you want them to have company but not prepared to take any more on. Well I guess not many people here are going OUT of henkeeping, but I thought I'd ask and see what everyone thought! I only know one other person who has hens and I don't think she'd want to take any of mine on-especially not a cockerel! I also keep ducks so i will still have a problem with pests-but I will not be getting any more ducks either. I love my little flock and if it wasn't for the cockerel I'd just keep them until they all eventually died (the last one left would probably be ok for company with the ducks) but clearly 3 hens is not enough for one cockerel-so he's my problem really. It was silly to take him on but at the time i was happy to keep hens, now I just want to see these last few out and stop keeping them.