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Should I wait before replacing a hen that has died?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Laver2k, Jan 11, 2014.

  1. Laver2k

    Laver2k Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi all,
    We had 3 hens but woke up to find that one had died during the night. She was only around 2 years old but had been happy and eating the day before. Her comb and wattle were red and I throw around some anti-mite powder every week. I think it was just one of those things.

    We are left with 2 hens now, 2 that don't really get along. No serious fighting issues - just one is quite nervous and prefers to be alone usually - whereas the other one seems to really prefer company. I feel like adding a new chicken might be nice for them both (I know that there will be a couple of weeks of squabbling).

    Are there any reasons why I should not be so quick to add a new one? Do they need time to process the death of the other one before changing things again?
     
  2. The Farm

    The Farm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Get them a new friend!!!
     
  3. BarredBuff

    BarredBuff Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The sooner the better. I'd go on and replace her.
     
  4. LoveChickens123

    LoveChickens123 Chillin' With My Peeps

    I would replace her
     
  5. chicken pickin

    chicken pickin Overrun With Chickens

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    I agree. I think It would be easier to add a new hen now then it would be to add one later after they have gotten used to being a twosome.
     
  6. chicken8

    chicken8 Out Of The Brooder

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    You should replace her with two hens, because chicken math.
     
  7. Laver2k

    Laver2k Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks guys!
    I'm glad there's no reason to wait.

    I dont think my coop is big enough for 4 chickens....I will see what they have at the bird farm and what the other half will allow ;).
     

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