Will my chickens get depressed?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by urban sunshine, Nov 17, 2015.

  1. urban sunshine

    urban sunshine Out Of The Brooder

    Nov 8, 2014
    New England
    So yesterday I lost one of my 5 hens. She was killed my a predator. Now I feel like my flock has became less enthusiastic. I've had my girls for about a year and a half. Do you think the rest of my flock will feel loss or become depressed? They only knew each other for a little over a year, but my flock seems lonely being only 4 chickens.
    Last edited: Nov 17, 2015
  2. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Flockless Premium Member

    Jan 30, 2015
    Africa - near the equator
    They will feel there's something not quite right for sure, but it should only last a day or two. A hawk killed one of my chicks a week ago and the whole flock acted very strangely for quite a few days (caused probably by the attack itself, rather than the loss of the chick).

  3. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Shazam Premium Member

    Jul 16, 2015
    central Wisconsin
    They get quiet so the predator doesn't find them as well, my poultry will always hide in the shed after an attack or attempted attack, they will resume their normal activities when they feel safe again.

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