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I have 2 hens that are always together. 1 is dying.

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Hello all.  I am so upset.  We have 2 hens and 1 will be put down tonight.  They are inseparable.  BFF"S.  Now my large Barred rock "Monster"will be alone and I'm assuming very sad.  She does everything with Red by her side.  Now what?  Can I put her with my 5 bantam hens?  They have never been together.  I'm afraid she would hurt them. Please help. Any suggestions are greatly appreciated. Thank you. 


Edited by scungilli - 5/2/16 at 10:58am
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I have seen my hens get depression when a close friend dies. She may or may not react that way. You could pen her next to your bantam for a few weeks than see how she gets along with them.
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Chickens, muscovy ducks, turkeys, donkeys , goats, dogs, fish, parakeets, a parrot, and a cat.

Chickens and dogs are healing to the soul.

I brake for squirrels.

Some of my birds.
http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/my-wisconsin-flock
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...... You could pen her next to your bantam for a few weeks than see how she gets along with them.

Excellent suggestion^^^

Great article on VENTILATION, one of THE MOST IMPORTANT aspects of coop design.

Fantastic treatise to help decide how much SPACE your chickens need.

 

Chicken math is not just 'addition'...but also should include Division, Multiplication and especially Subtraction!!!

 

Quoting centrarchid:

"Make every effort to understand your chicken's biology and the environment that supports it."

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Great article on VENTILATION, one of THE MOST IMPORTANT aspects of coop design.

Fantastic treatise to help decide how much SPACE your chickens need.

 

Chicken math is not just 'addition'...but also should include Division, Multiplication and especially Subtraction!!!

 

Quoting centrarchid:

"Make every effort to understand your chicken's biology and the environment that supports it."

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sadness will not make her friendly. I agree, put them by each other and see.

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I thought my rhode Island red by now would have passed but she is still walking around with her head down.  I have tried everything to help her.  her abdomen is swollen. I drained it soaked her in warm baths. check for egg inside.  gave her antibiotic.  When do you say it's time to put her down? 


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I thought my rhode Island red by now would have passed but she is still walking around with her head down.  I have tried everything to help her.  her abdomen is swollen. I drained it soaked her in warm baths. check for egg inside.  gave her antibiotic.  When do you say it's time to put her down? 
If it appears to be suffering, than it's time. If you are wondering if it's behavior indicates suffering than it probably is. I give mine a week to improve, most sick chickens don't get better.
Chickens, muscovy ducks, turkeys, donkeys , goats, dogs, fish, parakeets, a parrot, and a cat.

Chickens and dogs are healing to the soul.

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http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/my-wisconsin-flock
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Chickens, muscovy ducks, turkeys, donkeys , goats, dogs, fish, parakeets, a parrot, and a cat.

Chickens and dogs are healing to the soul.

I brake for squirrels.

Some of my birds.
http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/my-wisconsin-flock
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If it appears to be suffering, than it's time. If you are wondering if it's behavior indicates suffering than it probably is. I give mine a week to improve, most sick chickens don't get better.

Agreed - I'd put her down if she were mine. Sometimes the hardest thing for us is the kindest thing for our animals.

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Chickens off and on for 25+ years and still learning.

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