At a man and his hoe® chickens have plenty of chances to be alone. It’s early spring, the robins are back and the frogs’ chorus at night is almost deafening. The hens are just starting to go broody, with the first clutch scheduled to hatch around March 26. By mid summer, there will be up to a hundred new chicks running about with their mothers. Now is the time for chickens to have time alone.
In the space where a typical chicken farm will have 3,000 chickens, I have one. In a single hour, a chicken here will walk a greater distance than chickens in most farms walk during their entire short six to ten week lives.
You can either buy chickens which have plenty of chances to be alone, or buy chickens which never experience a single moment on their own.