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Old 06-12-2012, 02:03 PM   #1
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Just one chicken left. What to do?

So this spring I was down to only two hens left. I've had them for a few years now and my best layer died. So now there's only one left. I've never heard of someone having just one chicken. Do they do ok alone or should we just "put her out of her misery"?

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I think she would be just fine. Maybe look around for someone getting rid of a hen or two?
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Re: Just one chicken left. What to do?

Yep, I'd get her some friends, or rehome her and buy a new flock if you're not super attached to her. If she is three, odds are she's only going to be laying reliably for another year or so.
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She is the submissive one. I'm afraid that if I got some new adult hens they may attack her? And its too late for chicks, right? Poor girl doesn't seem to know what to do with herself without the other one beating up on her. We haven't been real attached to them - they are more of an animal with a purpose for us instead of a pet, kwim? I don't want to kill her though but I'm afraid she may die anyway since she seems so lost.

I may check the paper and see what's available in the area.
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My chicks are about 13 weeks, I'm sure there's someone out there with young chickens who need a home. Good luck!

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Old 06-13-2012, 12:18 PM   #6
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Re: Just one chicken left. What to do?

You know, you can also order started pullets from a hatchery. they're more expensive but if you just wanted a hen or two it would be worth it not to have to raise them up from chicks cost-wise. They would be nearly laying age. If you have a hatchery near you that you could drive to, you could save yourself shipping and the hens the stress of the trip too.

Here's mc murray's..

http://www.mcmurrayhatchery.com/started_pullets.html

My only suggestion would be to avoid Rhode island red or production reds because they are pretty aggressive. If you already have a submissive bird that might not be the best thing. Mine are the bossiest in the bunch and the likely suspects if there's any pecking going on.

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Re: Just one chicken left. What to do?

check your local craigslist or paper...i have been finding adult hens and younger pullets for around $10 each...to me that is a good price since i dont have to go through the chick stage with them...in fact i just found some 2month old pullets for $5 each...so really just a little bit over the chick price...
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Thanks for the suggestions! I will check out the hatchery idea because I haven't seen any in the paper. I asked a buddy of mine at work to just give me one of his because he is a chicken hoarder! He said NO!!
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