Originally Posted by A-TeamMama
Diamond isn't broody. Today she stayed with the girls for a few hours. During that time my baby was napping and I was able to stay in the chicken yard for awhile. I discovered that she may be leaving due to being picked on. I witnessed my EE peck her so hard she cried. My husband just put the roost in their coop. Prior the girls just snuggled together on a large flat platform area. I'm wondering if the roost sparked a strong hierarchy. And if Diamond is now lowest man. Any thoughts? Should I take the roost out? Can I intervene? Would adding a couple more bantams help? (We were going to in the spring)
Are there more than one roost? Of so is one higher than the other? I think being the only bantam is hard on her, maybe put up a branch in a corner for her to roost on.
When we got bantams we had them in a separate flock from the big chickens we had. Getting more bantams and having their very own bantam coop would probably make her happy.
We got a rooster with our big chicken batch because he was a freebie, roosters sort of act like a sheepdog. They keep the hens together and take them to nice places in the yard (if they're free range) plus you can always tell where the chickens are because of the crowing.
If your chickens are in a pen, Diamond has nowhere to get away from being pecked. So of course she escapes! If the chickens free range she can run away and hide, also all of your hens will be happier.
I think if she has her own roost and they all free range she will stay, or at least stop disappearing.
My chickens don't go far from the coop and they always come back to lay an egg and sleep.Edited by Violetsfeathers - 9/1/15 at 4:48pm