Will my girl need a new friend?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by puddinbabe, Aug 27, 2008.

  1. puddinbabe

    puddinbabe In the Brooder

    Jul 5, 2007
    I've had 2 chickens for the last year and a half. Today, I lost one of them as a result of internal laying. My other girl seemed fine today, as if nothing was different (the one that is left was the top dog). I am wondering if I will need to get her a new friend. She really liked to pull the feathers from the other's behind so I can see her being a bit of a bully to a new hen. I believe I have a NHR or Red Star. Any hens types that don't mix with these? All suggestions are welcome!
  2. branagh

    branagh In the Brooder

    Dec 2, 2007
    Nova Scotia
    From what I know, yes you will need a mate for your remaining chicken. I think they need a group environment. They're not much for being alone.

    Good luck![​IMG]
  3. justusnak

    justusnak Flock Mistress

    Feb 28, 2007
    South Eastern Indiana
    Yes, your hen will need a friend. Chickens are flock animals. Just remember.....keep the new one away from your hen for 30 days. Watch for disease, lice/mites.....then after 30 days...put the new hen in the coop, but in a small cage. This way they can see each other, and not fight....do this for at least a week or so. Then after you let the new hen out, make sure you can be there to watch for aggression. There will be some most likely at first, but they will settle in after they know who is the boss.
  4. purplepoen

    purplepoen Songster

    Jul 12, 2008
    Sorry for your loss [​IMG]
    Last edited: Aug 27, 2008
  5. Jenski

    Jenski Songster

    Jun 17, 2008
    Middle Tennessee
    Sorry for your loss. I would find a new friend for my hen, but I would choose carefully so the new hen is not the recipient of bullying. You might ask around in your area, and find a good, solid barnyard hen that can take some knocks and not get frightened into submission - or become overly aggressive herself. There's a good "second in command" out there! Good luck.
  6. sara

    sara Title Needed Here

    I'm sorry for your loss, but yes your chicken would like a friend, or two, or three, or lots [​IMG].
  7. Jenski

    Jenski Songster

    Jun 17, 2008
    Middle Tennessee
    Good call, sara ~ if you have the room, puddinbabe, you might consider 2-3 more hens. That might tilt the balance of power in the tiny hen world! [​IMG]

    And can you ever have too many chickens??? I mean really . . .
  8. SpottedCrow

    SpottedCrow Flock Goddess

    It depends on the bird too...
    Obelisk is the single bird that I've had the longest and she's the queen...
    She seems very happy by herself...but I can't say that for every bird...
    I'd get a couple more for your singleton.

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by: