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Sad hens (?)
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PLST    Posted 12-28-2004 at 12:36:43       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Our neighbors dog recently killed our beautiful rooster. We have 4 hens that were protected by him. Now that he is gone the hens are acting strange. They won't come out of the coop and they roost (go to bed) at 2pm, 3 hours earlier than usual. Do they need a new rooster or do they need to readjust to his absence?

MikeT    Posted 12-29-2004 at 07:07:05       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Buy them a new rooster. My wife goes to bed early too when I don't do my roosterly duties!

Unity    Posted 12-28-2004 at 22:46:57       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I think the others are correct. They may be traumatized by the dog attacking the rooster - this has happened to us. They also need a leader. After awhile a hen will become the dominant chicken and take the role of leader. They want someone to tell them what to do. I raised my chickens since they were chicks - with my dogs help - she went into the brooder as often as she was allowed to. When my chickens become confused, etc. I send Coco (my dog) in there and she helps them - they follow her around. Good luck! Dogs also do not like electric wire - we strung some along the outside of our inner chicken yard. it helped a lot.

KellyGa    Posted 12-28-2004 at 17:20:28       [Reply]  [No Email]
I have ten hens, and they have never seen a rooster in their life, lol. They are very independent, they hang out together and roost together at night.

They are just stressed out. Maybe they are afraid, especially if they saw what happened to him.

Because mine have never had a rooster, they look to me for attention. I have found, if they never had a rooster, they seem more independent. Just my chickenology opinion, lol.

Seriously, they will get back on their routine. Mine always come out at dawn and go to bed at dusk. They may go in during the day to lay, but thats about it.

Hawk    Posted 12-28-2004 at 13:12:33       [Reply]  [No Email]

they really don`t need a rooster, you do if you want chicks next spring. poultry have a short memory, anywhere from 1 to 2 weeks, if they seen the dog get your roo they might be a little freaked out, they might quit laying and act strang for a few days but after they forget, they should settle down. sorry about the roo. have you addressed the owner about their dog? he will most likely come back for more. under the right circumstances, lead poisoning cures a chicken eating dog. good luck.

Peanut    Posted 12-28-2004 at 12:53:22       [Reply]  [No Email]
I would think the hens need to adjust to his absence. They probably looked at him to take the lead to go in and out of the coop. Without him there they may just be waiting for their cue.

We recently intentionally separated our hens from a neighbor's rooster. Our hens were elated to be away from him.

Your hens sound a little lost. Try coaxing them out by taking one or two out yourself and see if the others follow. Keep trying this until they know they can come and go as long as the door is open.

Just a thought.

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