Depressed Chicken

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by silkiechickens8, Jul 8, 2016.

  1. silkiechickens8

    silkiechickens8 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    One of my older silkies (the one in my profile picture) died a few days ago and I am devastated, but my poor polish bantam hen is mourning real bad. She was raised by this silkie (who was a dependable mother and raised a lot of my chicks) but while the other ones eventually ventured away from their 'mother', she didn't. They used to sleep together away from all the chickens every night. Should I get another Polish to keep her company (I have another one, but she's in a different coop with my OEGB rooster) or should I get her a chick or two to raise (she becomes broody as soon as she sees a chick. Any help would be appreciated! I hate seeing my girl so sad. Thanks!
     
  2. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Lots of Chickens Premium Member

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    I have seen some depressed chickens when they lose someone they are close to. Some have remained despondent for 6 months before perking up, but they often remain alone after that, and don't bond with anyone else. I don't think another adult will work well, but her own chicks might help, I would go that route and see how it goes.
     
  3. silkiechickens8

    silkiechickens8 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you!
     

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