Only One Chicken Left?

adly we only have one chicken left after a visit from a fox in our garden. our last chicken seems very depressed and very lonely and not herself. we have arranged to get new chickens but we can't collect them til next week, so my question is, will my chicken be ok alone for a week? will her attitude change while she's alone and is there anything that i could do to make her happier until the new chickens arrive? also how would i introduce her to the new chickens? thanks :)
Posted: May 10, 2013

Best Answer

If you are buying several new chickens from the same breeder/supplier they will be an established flock & you risk her being picked on & being even more miserable. She is probably still in shock from the fox visit this is why she seems sad & low, not that she is lonely as such. It takes ages for them to get over it. I had a fox take some ducks once & shook one duck by the neck, took her 6 months to get over it & start laying again.
Presuming you have made your coop/run more fox proof? I suggest you isolate the new birds in a seperate coop for 2 weeks (good practice to quarantine any new birds in case they bring disease in) & choose 1 quiet low pecking order hen to be friends with your existing hen, introduce this 1 hen at night & shut her in the coop. Let them pal up for a week or 2 before introducing the rest of the new hens.
Plenty of information online on how to introduce new hens. I always put an extra food bowl down so they are not all competing for one food source & hang a cabbage up for them to peck at to take their minds of each other. Minor scuffles are normal but if your old hen is being picked on badly you might have to take her & her pal out & keep them seperate forever?

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