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    Default Can chooks grieve?

    As you know one of my oldest ex-batts died on Monday. She was in a flock of younger birds including 4 new ex-batts, along with Squeakyhen who "came out" in the same batch as Hattie. After a couple of days I've noticed Squeaky is sitting on her own ignoring everyone else while in the run. She came out free ranging earlier and scratted about with the others. Once back in the run she went to her corner and just sat there. She's not being bullied although there is a re-organisation of the pecking order since Hattie went, so some are being picked on but not her.
    I felt awful leaving her there earlier - she looked so sad.
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    I didn't think so as when losing hens previously my others didn't seem to notice and nothing changed. However my 3 boys went this moring and Rose, their sister has spent the day on her own looking very lonely. All the remaining hens are ex-batts, so are older and she's not mixing with them. Hopefully this won't last for both Squeaky and Rose.

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    I think if you have hens that have buddied up then they do notice that something is different and maybe need time to adjust.

    I have had 2 of breeds and if one died they seemed more affected. I think that although all chooks are meant to speak the same language, different breeds do make slightly different noises (my freisian fowl make really odd squeaks -double dutch hahaha!) If I am bringing in new breeds now I get a minimum of 3 hopefully 4.

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    Quote Originally Posted by moola View Post
    I think if you have hens that have buddied up then they do notice that something is different and maybe need time to adjust.

    I have had 2 of breeds and if one died they seemed more affected. I think that although all chooks are meant to speak the same language, different breeds do make slightly different noises (my freisian fowl make really odd squeaks -double dutch hahaha!) If I am bringing in new breeds now I get a minimum of 3 hopefully 4.
    I need a another Welsummer pullet then so Rose is not the only one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Suechooks View Post
    As you know one of my oldest ex-batts died on Monday. She was in a flock of younger birds including 4 new ex-batts, along with Squeakyhen who "came out" in the same batch as Hattie. After a couple of days I've noticed Squeaky is sitting on her own ignoring everyone else while in the run. She came out free ranging earlier and scratted about with the others. Once back in the run she went to her corner and just sat there. She's not being bullied although there is a re-organisation of the pecking order since Hattie went, so some are being picked on but not her.
    I felt awful leaving her there earlier - she looked so sad.
    Any thoughts?
    My guess is yes, Squeaky is missing Hattie but will become accustomed and integrate with the others soon. I don't think it's the same as mama switching off from the chicks 'cos that's biologically driven.
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    I think they do miss their pals if they have one particular friend and then get separated, for whatever reason. It doesn't last long though. Birds have short memories.

    I recently had two cocks that had buddied up and one went in the freezer, leaving his mate behind. The one left certainly did moon around for a few days, but he's now gone into another pen so is distracted by having to integrate with new birds.

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    yes, they greive, and worry i think, scarlet wouldn't go in a nestbox to lay her eggs for a week after indie died in one, she has still never been back in the one that her friend died in and mr D looked for her for days...

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    I'm really thinking yes now as my girls have been so noisy this morning. More noise than the cockerels ever made. I'm wondering if they are calling for them or worried who's going next.

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