Can a chicken die of being seperated from owner


Jun 3, 2020
So this actually happened in 2018. I got 2 chickens in 2016 and they were awesome but unfortunately one of them was caught and killed. It left my second one very sad. Eventually she got over it and she started to like me more, follow me around, beg me for treats and do tricks and after a few months she was happy again. We weren’t allowed get anymore chickens because of our HOA(they told me I can keep them until they die). After about an year from my first Ones death, we went on vacation to LA. I was very worried because she was alone and one of my friends was coming to take care of her. About 2 nights into our vacation my dad got a call saying that my chicken had died(probably in her sleep). I was devastated and the rest of my trip was horrible. My parents thought it was because of a very huge storm that may have given her a heart attack but she had been through them alone before so I didn’t think so. I didn’t want to think about what happened:( anyways she was buried in my backyard and I’ve never wanted to go out again😭 I came out today and I was just near her grave or whatever and it struck me that maybe she died because she was alone. Is it possible that she thought that I had died and therefore died herself? I’m just curious to know. I really miss her.


11 Years
Dec 11, 2009
Colorado Rockies
It's unlikely she died from separation anxiety or a broken heart. More likely she had a sudden illness such as a stuck egg or a bacterial infection and no one recognized the symptoms, so she died from lack of treatment. Or she may have had a preexisting condition such as a congenital heart defect that happened to coincide with your being away when she had organ failure.

The stress from not seeing you could have been a tipping point, though. But while it could have weakened her, it probably didn't kill her.

The Moonshiner

Legendary Leghorns
Premium Feather Member
Nov 17, 2016
No you not being tbere didn't cause or contribute to her death.
Chickens die for many reasons but not from anything like what you're thinking.
It was just her time.


11 Years
Nov 4, 2009
What Moonshiner said.
Yes, they're social, but they're not so very social that they'll die from being alone.

Sadly, they're just not that long-lived. My oldest hen was 8 years old, and while I've had several get to that age I've also had them die for no reason we could find (and I do autopsy, so it's a fairly thorough check) at 20 months. Between 2 and 4 years is not an uncommon natural lifespan. Odds are it was just her time.

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