will one chicken be lonely?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by marianne5, May 17, 2015.

  1. marianne5

    marianne5 Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi all
    Looking for some advice, we are fairly.new chicken owners and bought 3 hybrids in December. We unfortunately lost one last month and now a second has gone broody.
    We have taken advice and segregated her to try to break the brooding but my concern is for my 3rd lady.. She is now left alone in the coop for the next few days and I'm worried she will be lonely?
    She is a very friendly lady and we try to Spend a few hours outside with her at dinner time but I know they are flock animals and my worry is she will be a bit lost the next few days.. We are planning on getting more birds very soon but for the next few days at least / ubtil we break the other one should I be worried about my lady on her own? Feel so guilty!
    Any advice appreciated :)
     
  2. HeavensHens88

    HeavensHens88 Remembering the Forgotten Premium Member

    No, because she is in a trance-like stance, she probably won't notice her missing friend. Actually, she'll like the peace to brood her "chicks" :)
     
  3. marianne5

    marianne5 Out Of The Brooder

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    Hey there.. Ah sorry I have maybe not written that Wel, I'm not worried about the brooding lady, as u day she is in a trance-like state, but my last chicken is now left outside in the coop on her own it's her I'm concerned about now Thy she has lost both her friends?
     
  4. HeavensHens88

    HeavensHens88 Remembering the Forgotten Premium Member

    Hmmm, that may be a problem. I am guessing that the hen left in the coop is more vocal than usual?
     
  5. marianne5

    marianne5 Out Of The Brooder

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    Not as yet we only just removed the broody tonight thought as she wouldn't leave the nesting box today :/
    So hard to know what to do.for the best!
    Will maybe see how she is tomorrow, feel so bad leaving her on her own
     
  6. HeavensHens88

    HeavensHens88 Remembering the Forgotten Premium Member

    Just try to visit the lonely hen more than usual, give her a little human company. Keep me posted.
     
  7. marianne5

    marianne5 Out Of The Brooder

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    I will do, hopefully she will be OK as she is a great hen, many thanks for the advice :)
     
  8. HeavensHens88

    HeavensHens88 Remembering the Forgotten Premium Member

    I have five hens in one coop, so I've never had a problem when separating a broody. Just some helpful advice from a fellow chicken lover. :)
     
  9. marianne5

    marianne5 Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks :) we are in the processing of building a.very large run and then intend to get 4 or 5 more ladies within the next mknth.. Very bad timing my lady going broody before we got some comrades in to keep the other company! Hopefully will all work out :)
     
  10. marianne5

    marianne5 Out Of The Brooder

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    Just an update.. We ended up purchasing a large broody buster cage but the night we came home with it our wee Betty was free ranging all by herself
    without prompt from coop, n had de-fluffed herself ha ha typical! We decided to hold off on putting her in jail as she seemed happy enough.
    We also took your advice and bought 3 new ladies however my older two were not at all impressed and bullied the life out the little.ladies! Pecking I expected but they were literally standing on them and pecking their heads! we took this to be excessive and separated them yday into two separate coops but they can see each other.. Hopefully in time they will all be friends!

    Oh and looks like our broody Betty tried to lay again for the first time but we got a shell-less egg lol
    A mixture of stress of the newcomers and learning again we think?!

    Who knew keeping chickens would be so full of drama ha ha every day is a learning day with my crazy girls lol

    Anyways thanks for.your advice, hopefully all my ladies are on their way to being happy again lol :)
     
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