Depressed hen

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by kstavert, Sep 6, 2013.

  1. kstavert

    kstavert In the Brooder

    Is there any way to help a chicken out
    of depression?

    About 6 months ago, there was a stray
    hen outside of our chicken run... she'd
    get really excited when I threw feed to
    my ladies... she'd run towards the pen
    and try to get in...

    one day, I opened the door and tossed
    a bunch of feed down... the little hen
    came in and stayed...

    she bonded with two Bantum Buffs and
    two other young birds...

    The Bantums were killed and the little hen
    is now alone... she hides out in nesting
    boxes and stays all by herself....

    we recently hatched one of her eggs and
    she now has a daughter...

    I was thinking of putting the two of them
    in a pen by themselves so that they could
    get to know one another... I doubt that she'd
    know that the new young hen is her offspring

    does anyone else have experience with
    this... any suggestions to offer???

    Thank you many bunches

  2. Veer67

    Veer67 Songster

  3. kstavert

    kstavert In the Brooder

    Hi Veer67

    Thank you for your reply...

    The chicklette is a little less than
    4 months old.... it is living easily
    in the chicken run with the rest of
    the adults....

    I am really concerned for the adult
    hen that is displaying depression...

    she jams herself against the back
    corner of a nesting box and stays
    there all day....

    I am going to move her, her "baby"
    and a couple of other adults to a
    private area to see if she will rebond
    with some of them..

    Thanks for your help


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