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Can sick chook be lonely?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Chicken-sitter2010, Dec 7, 2010.

  1. Chicken-sitter2010

    Chicken-sitter2010 New Egg

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    I'm looking after chickens for an absent friend. One has a bad leg and I have put her indoors (it is freezing cold here) away from the rest so there is no competition for food; she is now putting weight back on. No improvement to the foot - I have read several threads on here for tips, and it looks like it is just a waiting game.

    Today's question is: might she benefit from having one other chicken with her for company? She squawks at me a lot when I go into the room (not from being scared I think). Or how else can I stop her getting bored/lonely? Or am I being silly? Maybe this isn't an issue at all? (I am aware that there may be resocialisation issues when/if she recovers and goes back with the other 5.)
     
  2. nuchickontheblock

    nuchickontheblock Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Chickens do get lonely when they are separated from their flock. If she has a health issue that is not a contagious thing you could bring another chicken in to keep her company for some of the time.

    Although it is cold where you are, you probably should not keep the chickens in house temps heat as they may have a hard time readjusting to the colder temperatures when they are back in their coop. Just something to be aware of.
     
  3. Lofty Dreams

    Lofty Dreams Chillin' With My Peeps

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    try a old mirror the bird might thinck it is another chicken
     

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