The last hen

Last hen Kay

Sarah : This is for Julie, regarding the re-homing of her one chicken “Kay”. If you have to choose between company and space for your beloved hen you have made the right choice, she needs the other chickens. But you obviously miss her very much. You said you couldn’t have more chickens at this time, but could you take her back and get just one other hen for company for her? Then she could have the space she is used to and a friend, and you could have your chook back. If not, then you will have to comfort yourself with the knowledge that she is safe in her new home and living with other chickens as she should. Sincerely, Sarah

Teresa : This is to Julie, after re-homing her only remaining hen, Kay: Julie, I commend you for making the tough decision to re-home your sweet little Kay after the death of your other hens. I would, as you do, feel concerned about her new home situation with less space. Of course, without seeing her new surroundings, I cannot fully develop an opinion. However, I would tend to think that as long as she has adjusted, is eating, sleeping and laying, that all is well and you’ve made the best decision for your girl. I don’t think there is a thing wrong with you considering bringing her back home – that shows your sincere care and concern for her. But, be encouraged that since you do care for her so much, the ultimate decision that you’ve made is truly the best one for her. Blessings, Teresa

Kathy : This is for Julie, who just has one hen now : Julie, it is hard to make this kind of decision, but I would keep Kay rather than rehoming her. I’ve had single chickens in the past, and they seem to do fine.

Cathy : This is in reply to Julie, who has just parted with her remaining hen Kay : Dear Julie – You’ve just made a very difficult decision about the best welfare of your remaining hen while mourning the loss of her companion, and it’s apparent that you researched and weighed up all factors before making this decision to rehome her. Her new home doesn’t give her the same very desirable environmental benefits that you were able to provide, and its only apparent advantage is the company of other chickens. I feel for you, as one of my two young hens recently had to be euthanased and the remaining one, who was fretting on her own, needed a new companion which fortunately I was able to provide. In your place, I would continue to monitor Kay’s progress and welfare in her new home while keeping options open for bringing her back if her new situation becomes unreasonably difficult or untenable. You don’t mention why you were unable to bring in a new companion for her, and I wonder firstly whether or not your company and the bond with you would be enough to maintain her (as might be the case if you hand-raised her and she thinks you are Mum) if her new situation did become untenable, or if there is another way of providing her with companionship, not necessarily another chicken, when you are not in attendance. In any case, you could not do any better than you have already done: that is, to make an informed and humane decision for the best benefit of Kay. I wish you (and Kay) all the best. Kindest regards.


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