Down to one chick

Discussion in 'Beginners Forum' started by Reagor, Jul 9, 2012.

  1. Reagor

    Reagor New Member

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    Well, I started out with three buff Orpingtons and lost two the other morning to a neighborhood raccoon. He pulled them out in pieces through the chicken wire.

    My question is- now that I have a double layer of wire and mesh on my coop, should I hurry to find my little chick some friends? At 4 weeks old, what other ages/ breeds should I introduce without too much of a problem? Thanks
     
  2. Reagor

    Reagor New Member

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    Also, can they do okay in solitude?
     

  3. Apyl

    Apyl New Member

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    Chickens are flock animals so yeah you may want to find a couple friends for it. I would say try to find some chicks around 4 weeks down to 2 weeks old. Much more than that may cause issue. You could also try a week or two older but personally I prefer to add younger , to me its easier and less chicken drama.
    Sorry you lost your chicks, I just lost one yestarday for unknown reasons. I still haven't figured out if it was a hawk, my cat, or just wandered to far ( I free range) .

    Good Luck
     
  4. hollyosborn

    hollyosborn HollyOsborn

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    aweeee poor little chickies... i lost 6 not long ago, 2 at a time every other night.. NO CLUE what happened... only 1 remains....