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How do I comfort my rooster?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Jennasaur7, Jan 26, 2016.

  1. Jennasaur7

    Jennasaur7 Out Of The Brooder

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    Last night my little hen, Nugget, died. My rooster was very attached to her and seems very distressed about her not being there. Before I moved her out of the coop he was cuddling up with her and making some very heart wrenching sounds. So my question is how do I comfort him? He is the last in the flock and I plan on getting more, but can't seem to find any adult hens in my area right now. It pains me to see him this way as they were never apart from each other. He is a Dark Cornish and so was she. Please help! I hate seeing him in this depression. Thank you!!
     
  2. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    Chickens are flock animals. He needs company. I always recommend that a minimum of 3 birds should be kept. That way if one dies two remain to provide company for one another. Good luck in locating some company for him. Have you tried your state thread to see if someone 'local' can help you out?
     
  3. Jennasaur7

    Jennasaur7 Out Of The Brooder

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    I used to have 2 hens, but one had to be put down about a year ago due to a leg deformity. I am going to try and call some local hatcheries to see if they have any extra pullets or hens that weren't sold this last year. Thank you for answering my question. I assumed that he would need company. Is it better to do this as soon as possible? I can't seem to find any birds for sale around me. Will he sink into some sort of depression or something? I'm just worried about him. They were basically attached at the hip. Thank you so much for your help!!!
     
  4. CTKen

    CTKen Monkey business Premium Member

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    Sorry about your loss. Yep, I'd say the sooner the better, but I'm not sure about him going into depression - not sure thats a chicken thing.

    Good luck

    CT
     
  5. appps

    appps Overrun With Chickens

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    Chickens don't get depressed, they get stressed though and adding some more hens will fix that.
     
  6. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler!

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    Agrees^^^
    .......or he will get used to being alone in a few days or weeks.
    they don't like changes, but are resilient in adjusting to them.

    They also can react to human feelings of fear, anxiety, nervousness, etc...best to be calm around him.
     
    Last edited: Jan 29, 2016
  7. Mrs. K

    Mrs. K Overrun With Chickens

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    Go to where you get feed, and ask if anyone else is buying chicken feed. The feed store probably won't give you them your name, but you could leave yours and ask to be called.
    They might have a couple hens that you could buy. Might be older birds, but it should put him right.

    I don't think he will die or get depressed, and he could get used to being alone, but he will be happier with some hens.

    MK
     
  8. lazy gardener

    lazy gardener Chicken Obsessed

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    Go on your state's thread and ask if anyone has a couple of hens you could buy.
     
  9. birds4kids

    birds4kids Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Craig's list could help too. Post which part of WI you are in, in the "cheeseheads thread", someone will be able to help.
     

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