Is it safe to keep two hurt/sick chickens together?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Pecky, Jul 19, 2008.

  1. Pecky

    Pecky In the Brooder

    Jul 19, 2008
    Wanup, Canada
    One of my chickens was attacked by a dog, and we have been keeping her in the shed away from the other chickens to keep them from hurting her more.
    Today the dog attacked another one of my chickens, and I was wondering if it is okay to keep the two chickens together?

    We separated the first chicken from the other chickens because they were all pecking her sore spot, but if we put two hurt chickens together will they both peck each other or is it safe?

  2. DuckLady

    DuckLady Administrator

    Jan 11, 2007
    NE Washington State
    You can try it. They might be so absorbed with their own issues they won't bother the other one. But it would be nice for them to have company.
    Good luck! [​IMG]
  3. Joy1

    Joy1 Songster

    Feb 4, 2008
    Watch over them and gage the situation I would advise.
  4. kellim

    kellim Songster

    Jun 19, 2008
    SC, GA Border
    I had two chickens, a hen and a rooster, who both had a really bad case of pneumonia. While I was treating them I kept them together in the quarantine cage, which is about 3 *3 and was amazed how they acted. The hen and rooster have been mates for life and she actually seemed to be very concerned for him as he was alot sicker than she was. I say put them together, maybe they will keep each other going. I really think that had I separated these two that he would have died.
  5. cath

    cath In the Brooder

    Apr 1, 2008
    South Wales, UK
    I would try and keep them together to keep each other company, as in the past when I have seperated a sick chicken from my others sometimes they get lonely and depressed and I find that this causes them to take longer to recover. They both have the same problem and its not contageous so give it a try, but obviously, if they are bothering one another seperate them, but try and keep them so they can see each other. Good luck [​IMG]

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