Is my Chicken Stressed?

chicken stress

How does a stressed chicken act?

We all want our animals to be happy and healthy; to thrive in their environment. Sometimes though, things can happen to stress our bird friends. Learning their everyday behaviors can teach us when we need to act quickly for a safe recovery. It’s important to watch for behaviors out of the norm.

Though this is not a complete list by any means, some of things you may notice when a bird friend needs help for stress are:


*Feather pulling

*No egg laying

*Signs of fear and distress (like running from people and their flock)

*Disinterest in food or water 

*Self-isolating (Don’t forget, our flock is a very social network. A bird isolating from her friends can also be a warning sign something is wrong.)

A veterinarian can give you the best course of treatment if your bird is showing signs of extreme stress or trauma. This is particularly true if your bird has been attacked or witnessed an attack by a predator.

Separating, but not isolating, your bird may be helpful. Making sure clean food and water is available, talking softly, petting gently, and holding them securely while doing all these things, can go a long way in rebuilding trust and security for their road to recovery.

Rachel Hutchins
Rachel Hutchins
The Chicken Bawks Copyeditor. Believer. Seeker. Mom. Wife. New Grandma! Crazy Kansas City Chiefs Fan. And of course, Chicken Tender.

April 17, 2023

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