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1 Chick staying out of where they sleep

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by KLIL, Jul 11, 2018.

  1. KLIL

    KLIL Crowing

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    I have 8 chicks that are now over a month old. I have noticed that all the other chicks will put themselves to bed in the roost where they sleep but 1.
    I have read that maybe its being picked on but shes the biggest one and is the one that pulls the other chicks into line when they are out free ranging or mucking up.
    Has anyone seen this before?
    And could this one be a rooster?
     
  2. Grits&Eggs

    Grits&Eggs Chirping

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    my 6 chicks did that for a couple weeks, ended up picking them up when they wouldn't go in, it worked for me, took almost a week though. And, when i added four more, they also refused to go in at first....I changed the ladder (thought it might be too hard to get up), added a fan (since I thought it may be too hot), made a couple more changes, and, after a couple days I went in to pick them up and they had followed the others up to bed....whew, don't know much about roosters...good luck. Hope it is just time.
     
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  3. KLIL

    KLIL Crowing

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    Thank you love, I will continue picking her up and putting her with the rest of the chicks and maybe look at changing that ladder or making it a little bit more chick friendly and see if that helps. :)
     
  4. Eggs82

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    I’ve got one hen that always refuses to go into the coop. She prefers to roost on the top of it instead. I go out every night, pick her up and put her inside. Been doing it for two months now. I think she likes it....
     
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  5. KLIL

    KLIL Crowing

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    I get the impression she likes it also, because she doesnt try to get away or anything. She likes to be picked up and likes a cuddle so maybe that could be it.
     
  6. KLIL

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    Great news! I got home tonight and my chicks were all sleeping together where they need to be sleeping
    So hopefully that continues
     
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    I have one of those too. We've lost a few to predators over the last few weeks. Hoping she's just insecure for the moment.

    She's laying at least.

    It's been a bad month. Started at 17, down to 7. I was out of town and beloved husband was doing the chickening. Five chicks to a night time predator who got into a vent in a commercial coop. Two chicks released themselves on their own recognizance from a brooder and got eaten. Then we went on vacation. One chick pulled from under the run because neighbors caring for chickens missed putting one in the coop part. Rooster killed outside coop during the daytime, and one layer just missing.

    We are going to the chicken auction at the end of the month to replenish with layers.
     
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  8. KLIL

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    Omg! Im really sorry for your losses. Ive been really lucky so far with mine but we have a lot of wild predators here. Foxes, feral cats and dogs, a lot of snakes. So im sure ill have issues sometime and ill be sad when I do.
    Where do you live? If you dont mind me asking?
    And id love to see photos of your new chickens and old.
     

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