Have 2 adult hens in a pen and one had to be culled-worried about the effects on my other hen

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by rhondatalk, May 16, 2016.

  1. rhondatalk

    rhondatalk Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 4, 2016
    Cleveland, TX
    As a new backyard chicken owner, we bought 2 chickens at the local flea market (I know, I know...well, I know NOW...just not then that I shouldn't have done that). I have no idea of the ages, but one is a Rhode Island Red, and the one we had to cull was a Cornish Broiler hen. We bought them at the beginning of March, and the RIR started laying near the end of April. The broiler however just kept getting bigger and bigger, started having respiratory problems, and we noticed that her pupils were dilating in and out as she breathed. We made the tough decision to cull her this past Saturday.

    My RIR has laid a medium sized egg every day since she started laying, including the morning after her pen-mate did not return to the pen. Then about 6pm last night she laid a soft-shell egg on the ground. She has always laid her eggs in one particular nesting box in the coop, but not the soft shelled one. I am worried about her being lonely, so I moved her coop right next to our larger coop that has 6 hens and 1 cockerel that are all 11 weeks old. I am hoping that she won't be lonely with them right there, but I have a while before I can put them in the same coop since they are on different feed.

    Does anyone have any other suggestions that will help her not get lonely and depressed? I have always talked to her and try to pick her up and love on her every day (if she'll let me)...

    *hoping I'm doing the right thing!*
  2. limited25

    limited25 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 10, 2016
    Hi, Sounds like you are doing everything right to me. I am assuming that your egg laying hen has access to oyster shells, but now and then all hens lay a soft shelled egg. I think moving her over close to the younger chicks probably keeps her from being lonely.
  3. rhondatalk

    rhondatalk Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 4, 2016
    Cleveland, TX
    Thanks for your reply, and yes "Rosie" does have access to Oyster Shells usually, but I do need to refill her bowl, it has been empty over the last few days. I even brought it in to remember to refill it!

    Anyway, I don't want her to be stressed and unhappy...especially since she is my only egg layer at the time! :)

    Thanks again!
  4. Choco Maran

    Choco Maran Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 25, 2009
    Ribera New Mexico
    Cornish Hen should be dressed out by the time they are about 8 - 10 weeks. Because they grow fast and never quite stop growing they tend to have health problem if not dressed out early. Sorry for your loss and Rosie will grow up to be a healthy, happy hen. You should be able to put them all together in no time at all. when the others about 16-20 weeks they can go on layer. This time will just speed by .

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