Do Chickens Mourn ?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by nanawendy, Dec 16, 2010.

  1. nanawendy

    nanawendy Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 28, 2009
    Bellingham Wa
    Last night I had a very ill chicken, Lucy. She was severely prolapsed. With help from BYCer's and my DH we culled her.
    Now I have an issue with her sisters AND ROO... Earl. When I took her out of the coop last night , the others paced and squawked incessantly.
    Today they are all standing by the fence line...pacing and Earl keeps crowing. The crow sound is slightly different, but you wouldn't know it if you didn't know Earl. I think I'll give them their treats early today. Any suggestions or input???
     
  2. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

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    Yes, IMO they absolutely do mourn. All they know is that something is not right in their little world.

    A little story, that I swear is true - My Lil'Bit, recently killed by a hawk, was my baby. She couldn't see well, so she learned early on to wait for my help to get on the roosts at night. As it was getting dark, she would stand just inside the door of the coop and peek around the corner to watch for me. As soon as she spotted me she would jump out of the coop and come running into my arms. As I placed her on the roost, she'd always make a sweet, content-sounding noise.
    Since she's been gone, I have missed our little routine alot. Another one of my hens, Lilith (the outcast) often befriended Lil'Bit. About two weeks ago, Lilith developed the same habit Lil'Bit had. She waits by the coop door for me to pick her up and put her on a roost, though she can see just fine. She makes the same sort of content "thank you" when I set her down. I know it's not true, but it's almost as if Lilith knows I need that comfort.

    I'm so sorry for your loss. [​IMG]
     
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  3. nanawendy

    nanawendy Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 28, 2009
    Bellingham Wa
    Ohhh That is so sweet. Thank You for the thoughts. Their behavior wouldn't seem odd if it weren't for their chicken-ness. I sure miss her... Lucy was the "Grand-Dam" of the group. I hear that "missing" tone in your voice too. [​IMG]
     
  4. Petej

    Petej Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I believe they mourn as well.

    A couple weeks ago, we lost one of our Leghorn hens and her chick (our only broody on the farm to sit on an egg through to hatching) to a Coyote. The rest of the the week, the other birds were mopey, wanted lots of attention and in general acted sad. I gave all the attention I could, which seemed to make them happy.
     
  5. Beekissed

    Beekissed True BYC Addict

    Mine must be pretty tough nuts...they drink the blood of the fallen. Maybe to toast the dead? [​IMG]
     
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  6. nanawendy

    nanawendy Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 28, 2009
    Bellingham Wa
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  7. al6517

    al6517 Real Men can Cook

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    Is this really a serious Question ? I just don't see the point.

    AL
     
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  8. NottinghamChicks

    NottinghamChicks Chillin' With My Peeps

    Al6517 I don't understand why youfelt the need to ridicule this person. [​IMG] You entered, read it, then criticize? One does not enter if the intent is other than to help. There are rules her you know so be kind.
     
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  9. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

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  10. Beekissed

    Beekissed True BYC Addict

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    AL!!!! [​IMG] [​IMG]
     
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