If you stayed home alone all day, every day, chances are you’d start to get lonely. Our chickens are just the same. Chickens are social animals, and they need other chickens around them in order to be happy. Here are a few reasons why that is:
More chickens will keep away predators
A single chicken alone outside is easy pickings for predators. With a larger flock—even if it’s just a few more chickens—your hen will be much safer. Other chickens can spot predators and raise the alarm. Plus, roosters will defend your flock and act as a deterrent for predators.
They’ll stay warmer during the winter
When winter hits, chickens will roost together to stay warm. If a chicken is all on their own, they won’t have others to help keep them warm. This will make it harder for your chicken to survive the winter and stay happy despite the cold.
You’ll keep getting eggs
Even if you own chickens just as pets, you’ll enjoy the added bonus of receiving fresh eggs throughout the week. However, if your chicken suddenly becomes ill or even dies, you’ll no longer have that fresh supply of eggs. Having at least two other chickens in the flock will ensure that you will have a steady supply of eggs. It will also ensure that a chicken is not left alone if another dies.
Raising multiple chickens is extremely rewarding. That’s why we at Chickens for Backyards always encourage people to raise more than one chicken. To get started, look through our available breeds today!