Do chickens get lonely?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by ginamomdoc, Jun 7, 2011.

  1. ginamomdoc

    ginamomdoc Out Of The Brooder

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    We had 6 hens, but after 2 raccoon incidents had only one left. She was alone for 4 months or so, and for the last 2 has been eating eggs off and on. We put out our 6 new 8 week old chicks with her recently. Not only did she not terrorize them, they are all sleeping in a bunch with her (she does mutter at them when they peep incessantly) and she has stopped eating her eggs! Could it be that she was just suffering from lonliness?
     
  2. jjthink

    jjthink Overrun With Chickens

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    Chickens do become very lonely without feathered friends. They really should not be alone without friends. 4 months is a really long time [​IMG]

    JJ
     
  3. confusedturtle

    confusedturtle Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I read that they do get lonely and need to be with other chickens. They are less fearful when they are in a pack so if they are alone they feel lonely & vulnerable. Glad she is doing so well with her new peeps, she is probably very happy to have friends again [​IMG]
     
  4. rivers2011

    rivers2011 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    They do indeed get lonely. That's so wonderful that she's taken to her new babies! So glad it worked out smoothly. I wish you guys luck!
     
  5. dreamer5577

    dreamer5577 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:x2! [​IMG]
     
  6. ginamomdoc

    ginamomdoc Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks for the input. I'm just glad that they all seem happy.
     
  7. Firefighter Chick

    Firefighter Chick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    [​IMG] Yay! Friends! [​IMG]
     

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