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The lonely chicken

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by CZ123, Jan 25, 2014.

  1. CZ123

    CZ123 New Egg

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    Hi , 5 months ago I lost one of my chickens to egg peritonitis and then yesterday I lost one of my chickens to a ovum duct infection ( sort of peritonitis )( I had to euthanise because of the vets advice as we'll it was cruel to see her suffer . Now I have one chicken left and don't know how to make her feel very happy. I have been reading posts saying that she could die due to loneliness because chickens are flock creatures and social. Unfortunately I cannot buy more chickens because I can not deal with more heat breaking deaths and i do not want erase the wonderful memories of my lovely girls . Suggestions are needed
     
  2. tobit

    tobit Chillin' With My Peeps

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    more chickens or no chickens.
     
  3. DuckLady

    DuckLady Administrator Staff Member

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    If you can't get her a companion, maybe you can find her a home with other chickens.
     
  4. mummyandchicks

    mummyandchicks Out Of The Brooder

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    I'm saddened that you lost your 2 chickens. We become very attached to them and they bring so much fun to our lives. If you were to get more chickens it seems unlikely you would lose two of three in 5 months sgain. If you rehome your last girl you will miss out on the enjoyment of having chickens. You clearly enjoyed having your three girls. Not getting more and missing the enjoyment you experienced, that makes me sad. The pain will lessen in time.
     
  5. CZ123

    CZ123 New Egg

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    This may sound crazy - Has anyone tried placing fake chickens in the coup????
     
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  6. ll

    ll Chillin' With My Peeps

    I saw someone tie a plush stuffed chicken toy to the roost so their bird could snuggle against the side of it.
    Birds of a feather flock together. Do try just one more? Two is a good number. They don't last 4ever and keeping poultry means replacing them as time goes by.

    Everyone has to go someway ~ continue the circle, let it roll off your back, look forward to more good days & chin up.
     
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  7. CZ123

    CZ123 New Egg

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    Thank you very much everyone- I am considering getting a Low egg production chicken so the risks of ovum
    Infections are lower - I am also still open to suggestions of how other people have dealt with this matter
     
  8. Malibu99

    Malibu99 Overrun With Chickens

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    I've heard of people putting mirrors in the coop, but I'm not sure exactly how safe that is (bird breaking glass, etc.)
     
  9. Nutcase

    Nutcase Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Mirrors and stuffed chickens seem almost cruel to me. Chickens are social creatures and if you don't get her at least one companion then she needs to find a new home. It's possible that she could live as an indoor or house chicken but not many people have the resources and time to pull this off. At the end of the day she'll be happiest in a flock. You could also get her some fertilized eggs to incubate.
     
  10. duknuk

    duknuk Out Of The Brooder

    My thoughts ...
    You are right to be concerned. With chickens, two are company, but three are a flock.
    It is the nature of keeping chickens that some die sooner than others.

    To keep chickens one needs to realize the individuals come and go, but the flock remains.

    If you get used to looking forward to spring and getting a few more hens to fill out your flock, it can make it easier.

    In the meantime, if you have no plans to continue keeping a flock and you want to make your remaining hen as happy as possible, maybe consider being her companion.

    Bring her indoors, keep a place for her to nap, eat and drink.
    Allow her to go outside when the weather is suitable, because if you keep her indoors for companionship she will not be acclimated to bad weather.
     
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