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Do chicks grieve?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by organicchef, Oct 2, 2010.

  1. organicchef

    organicchef Out Of The Brooder

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    My little BR was killed yesterday by a dog. Gizmo flew over the fence into the neighbor's yard. My guestion is:
    Since Giz was the Alpha girl, will someone else take that position?
    My chicks are 20 weeks old....do chicks grieve?
    They sure seem sad....me too.
     
  2. rcentner

    rcentner Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I bet they do grieve, but they get over things quickly. Mine seemed sad after the fox attack, but then again...they saw thier friends get killed and were probably scared to death as well. And I know that speckled hen had a hen that appeared to grieve over the loss of a hen.

    I bet it's harder for the chickens if they have been together longer and easier of they are in a large flock with several friends. I know my flock has a few BFF's in it [​IMG]
     
  3. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast Premium Member

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    I lost a hen this summer due to the heat.

    I know they grieve.


    In fact when I went out to that pen the next day, they were all dressed in black.





    (FBCMs.)



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