Question: what makes chickens depressed? my chicken seems to be stressed since my other chicken died?

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  1. Animals form bonds with individuals – birds, even the chicken, can form attachments and have negative emotional states afterwards – we don’t really know the extent to which this happens yet though.

    I’d imagine if your other chicken was paired with your surviving one for some time that it has formed a bond and is being affected by it not being around any more – I’d say this is doubly the case if they were in any way related.


  2. It does sound like your chicken is missing its friend, but if you decide to get it a new companion introduce them carefully as your current bird may not take to a new bird straight away. You may find that after a time she will cope okay on her own, I hope your chicken will be better soon.