Dayna in the Los Angeles area contacted me for some laying pullets to join the now solitary one at her house. Dayna acquired two chicks, but when one turned out to be a rooster, he had to move out of her suburban neighborhood. Olive, who may be a Brahma/Ameraucana cross, is lonely without him. Their attachment to each other is obvious in this video posted by Dayna's husband Mark, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KkU_NFu6X0U.
Chickens are flock birds and will seek companionship with other animals or people if there are no other chickens available. Like many birds, they imprint within days of hatching on the significant living critter around them. Since Olive spent her formative days with Yuba, the rooster, she is imprinted on chickens.
Dayna notes that Olive doesn't make the companionable clucking sounds she used to make to Yuba now that she is alone.
My friend Barbara Bullock, who wrote an article about her Buttercups in this month's Backyard Poultry, http://tinyurl.com/pyvfx4, offered a couple of her surplus pullets to keep Olive company. We'll see whether we can arrange transportation from San Luis Obispo to Los Angeles for those girls and give Olive some company.
If any readers are in the area and have some pullets to spare, please let me know and I'll put you in touch with Dayna.