Can I Have Just One Pet Chicken?

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Kassandra Smith

Senior Editor • Backyard Chicken Coops

10 November 2014

Chickens are an amazing pet to have. The right breeds are just as nurturing and loving as any dog or cat, and they provide you with a supply of fresh eggs to boot!

Some chicken keepers only want their flock numbers small - some may even envision having a party of one, as do some dog owners or cat owners. However, our backyard flocks love their chicken chatter, so having at least two feathered friends forever in your backyard coop is advisable.

Chickens are highly sociable creatures that thrive on the company of their own kind. They’ll have little conversations with one another, alert each other to danger or any risks they may come across - they can even affect each others physiological behaviour! For example, if one hen starts laying an egg, this may stimulate egg laying behaviour in the other hens - similarly, if one chicken begins to display broody behaviour, the others may decide they’d like to become mothers as well! You can read more about the complex social hierarchy of chickens here.

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Therefore it’s recommended that if you want to keep chickens as family pets, that you have at least two, rather than having one lone chicken. They really do enjoy the company of their own kind, and need that social interaction in order to keep their spirits up (but they will enjoy your company just as much!)

How many chickens is the right amount for your lifestyle depends on a number of different factors - how much space you have, what you want to keep chickens for (family pets, egg production) and how often they can be let out to free range.  If your feathers are getting ruffled and you're not sure how many is right, check out our How Many Chickens Should I Buy article for more information.

Our Taj Mahal chicken coop is perfect for two feathered pals to share, and doesn’t take up any excess room in the backyard. It’s available now - along with our Penthouse and Mansion, if you think you may want to extend the number of chickens in your flock in the future (you’ll become addicted to chicken keeping - we guarantee it!)

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