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Will a Layer Get Lonely by Herself

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by PropsToMyPeeps, Mar 31, 2011.

  1. PropsToMyPeeps

    PropsToMyPeeps Out Of The Brooder

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    Hello!

    I am new to the forum, and to chickens. We just got 4 straight run chics from a local chicken keeper. An Easter Egger (about 2.5 weeks); a Buff Orpington (about 1.5 weeks); a Black Australorp (about 1.5 weeks) & a Silkie (1 week). I wanted a flock of 3 (chicken math has already started) but don't really have room in the coop for more than 5-6. I would love them all to be hens, but knowing my luck they may all be roosters.

    With that in mind, a friend of mine suggested that we should get a hen who is laying (or close to starting) for instant & certain egg gratification. Could we get just 1 hen who is laying, or would she be lonely? We would introduce the chics to her & then when they are acclimated we would keep them in the same coop. I worry that she would be unhappy before we could introduce her to the others.

    Thank you in advance for any advice!
    Heather
     
  2. Fred's Hens

    Fred's Hens Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

    Will a layer get lonely by herself. Yes.
     
  3. Fred's Hens

    Fred's Hens Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

    Introducing an older hen has issues. Older hens do not appreciate younger chickens and can be cruel to the point of killing them.
    I'd wait and see what you have in your little flock. They are all mates and introducing something from the outside is risky, biologically (diseases) and socially. Chickens are extremely social beings with strong pecking orders that govern their little societies.
     
  4. Dray67

    Dray67 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Don't bother_ raising your own is worth the wait. It is fun and exciting and the flock will bond in to a happy family if they grow up together. you will have egg by late summer and will have a fun surprise in the coop one day. Wait it out.
     
  5. ThinkingChickens

    ThinkingChickens Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 18, 2011
    I'd wait it out. Our chicken breeder suggested only introducing chickens of the same size and the process is so gradual. So, you'd have more work on your hands than if you just wait. This is your time to bond. Don't worry, I'm in the same boat waiting on eggs. They won't be here until July or so.
     
  6. lvchicken

    lvchicken Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 1, 2011
    It's more fun waiting to see who's the male and the female. You can also get to know the chicks better and have them trust you.
     
  7. PropsToMyPeeps

    PropsToMyPeeps Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks for all of the responses. Waiting was my initial plan and will be the one I stick with. But it's so hard...
     

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