A death in the flock of two

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by R.I.P -tetra, Nov 25, 2017.

  1. R.I.P -tetra

    R.I.P -tetra In the Brooder

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    so my family has 2 chickens, tapioca and tetra. tetra passed away from a fox and or hawk etc... but we still have tapioca. I have just been wondering if this will effect her egg laying or behavior since we had such a small flock.So far we have just seen taps looking for tetra and calling out for her.


    any help/advice is greatly appreciated!

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  2. Lalo Moreno

    Lalo Moreno Chirping

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    This will lower egg production. Chickens are social animals with an extraordinary hierarchy system, she might not die or be supper sad about loosing her friend but she will be more stressed as a sole bird.
     
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  3. diamondsilkies

    diamondsilkies Songster

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    As mentioned above, chickens are extremely social animals, and are meant to live in flocks. I would recommend getting another one to be with Tapioca as soon as you can, as she will probably be really stressed, which will lower egg production and might change her behavior a lot. As a general rule you don't want to have one lone chicken unless you have other poultry that they are really close with.
     
  4. R.I.P -tetra

    R.I.P -tetra In the Brooder

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    Reply: Thank you for the advice, and this is to all of u. we are getting another chicken, but should we get the same type as tetra/one that looks like tetra, or a different looking chicken?
     
  5. Zoomie

    Zoomie Songster

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    It won't matter much what the chicken looks like, your chicken can probably tell the difference and will know it's not the same chicken. They are able to recognize each other, much better than we can (lol, that's why it was humans who invented leg bands).
     
  6. WhiteRockCrazyBird

    WhiteRockCrazyBird Songster

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    So sorry you lost your Tetra! Tapioca will need a friend even though the addition of a new bird will cause some stress. Probably one her age and size would be best? Just my thought, there are others that can give you a much better educated answer.
     
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  7. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member 9 Years

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    :welcome Any chance of adding two hens ? That way when another bird dies two will remain as company for one another.
     
  8. R.I.P -tetra

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    we wish we could, although we cannot. we live in a place that does not exactly tolerate chickens. Even so thank you for the advice it is greatly appreciated!
     
  9. R.I.P -tetra

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    thanks for the advice! we will certainly use it when looking for a new chicken.
     

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