Do hens grieve

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by MaznGaz, Oct 28, 2015.

  1. MaznGaz

    MaznGaz New Egg

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    We have just lost one of our Blue Delawares and her companion is missing her like crazy (I think). Mega2 had a cyst that impeded her eating as it had grown inside as well as being very visible outside under her beak. Mega 1 is obviously now very lonely, is there anything that I can do for her? She is plucking out feathers from under her wind which concerns me.
     
  2. Mutt Farm

    Mutt Farm Chillin' With My Peeps

    Hi! [​IMG] Welcome! I wish it was under better circumstances. I'm terribly sorry for your loss of Mega 2. Chickens don't ponder or grieve like we do, but they are quite social and do form very strong bonds. I suggest possibly a treat ball, an ear of cooked sweet corn, things like that to occupy her time? Also I would search for a couple docile new friends for her. You can check the thread https://www.backyardchickens.com/newsearch?search=in+need+of+rehoming
    Or if you type in your location in the search bar, you can shout out to neighbors in your area.
    You might ask at feed stores as well. Best of luck to you and please keep us posted.
     
  3. N F C

    N F C doo be doo be doo Premium Member

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    I'm sorry for your loss. Mutt Farm has given you some good ideas to try. Chickens don't initially handle change very well (at least mine don't) but they do seem to get used to things quickly, hopefully your girl will be ok soon.

    Thanks for joining us!
     
  4. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us! :)
     
  5. Yorkshire Coop

    Yorkshire Coop Moderator Staff Member

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    Hi :welcome

    Glad you could join the flock! I'm very sorry to read about the loss of Mega2 :hugs It's always very sad when a flock members is lost both for the keeper and remaining flock members. I believe they do grieve amd have certainly seen this myself within my own flock. Mutt has left you some good advice on getting a new friend for Mega1. You might also like to check out this article ~ https://www.backyardchickens.com/a/do-poultry-actually-mourn-over-the-loss-of-a-flock-mate
    It's a very good insight into the loss of flock members.

    Wishing you the very best of luck in the future and enjoy BYC :frow
     
  6. appps

    appps Overrun With Chickens

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    Did you only have the two chickens? If so it's probably not so much grieving as stressing she is on her own as they are very much flock birds and don't do well alone. You might need to look into getting her a companion.
     
  7. gander007

    gander007 Chicken Obsessed

    Yes they grieve
     
  8. NickyKnack

    NickyKnack Love is Silkie soft!

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    Welcome to BYC and the coop! There's a lot of great peeps here! Feel free to ask lots of questions. But most of all, make yourself at home. I'm so glad you decided to joined the BYC family. I look forward to seeing you around BYC.
     
  9. Frindizzle

    Frindizzle Guitar Girl <3 Premium Member

    Welcome to BYC! [​IMG]
     
  10. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    They do grieve, my friend's older special needs house rooster just passed at about 5 yrs. old. She did let the 3 house hens view the body. They have been very quiet since.
    I think the best thing to do is give you things to keep her busy, and if she is a cuddly type - give her some extra hugs.
     

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