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Do chickens get lonely?

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We had 6 hens, but after 2 raccoon incidents had only one left. She was alone for 4 months or so, and for the last 2 has been eating eggs off and on. We put out our 6 new 8 week old chicks with her recently. Not only did she not terrorize them, they are all sleeping in a bunch with her (she does mutter at them when they peep incessantly) and she has stopped eating her eggs! Could it be that she was just suffering from lonliness?

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Chickens do become very lonely without feathered friends. They really should not be alone without friends. 4 months is a really long time sad

JJ

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I read that they do get lonely and need to be with other chickens.  They are less fearful when they are in a pack so if they are alone they feel lonely & vulnerable.  Glad she is doing so well with her new peeps, she is probably very happy to have friends again  smile

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They do indeed get lonely. That's so wonderful that she's taken to her new babies! So glad it worked out smoothly. I wish you guys luck!

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They do indeed get lonely. That's so wonderful that she's taken to her new babies! So glad it worked out smoothly. I wish you guys luck!


x2! smile

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Thanks for the input. I'm just glad that they all seem happy.

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jumpy Yay! Friends! jumpy

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