Our sweet barred rock was sadly killed by a hawk this evening. Terribly traumatic for my two other hens and myself but now trying to focus on how to keep the other two healthy and safe.
One came running up to the door of our house when we ran out so I held her while my husband took care of the terrible thing that happened. She seemed absolutely terrified and cannot believe she came running up to me like that as the hen that was killed used to be the only one who would really run up to say hello every time I walked in the backyard. Now I am wondering though...
1. Should I be concerned about the two hens (both barred rocks, about 25 weeks old) being traumatized by this and if so, what do I need to do about that?
2. Will the two be okay just the two of them or should we start thining about getting another hen? If so, at this age and with this breed, does anyone have any advice about how to go about this? Do we get another barred rock or a different breed? What age? How do we introduce and when?
3. I know that with free ranging things like this happen (still did not totally prepare me for how awful it was though!) and so now I am reconsidering free ranging them. We are thinking of constructing a very large run for them but is this horrible to do after letting them free range for so long?
Really looking for any advice on how to keep the two remaining hens happy and healthy as we are heartbroken after losing our first one to the hawk tonight.
Thanks so much.