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23 week old pullets and 1 1/2 year old hens in a weird situation

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Dtrain28, Oct 12, 2011.

  1. Dtrain28

    Dtrain28 In the Brooder

    Apr 26, 2010
    Went to close the coop the other night and my 23 week old BLRW pullets were on the roost where the older hens have been for the last year and a half....the two older hens were in the nesting box for the night.......Why is this happening?

    For weeks they were on opposite sides of the coop and the same roost....

    One of the older Orp hens has been a HUGE bully to the BLRW....although this behavior has stopped somewhat since I confined the Orp for a week in a separate pen....

    The pullets are getting more comfortable in the coop... hence the roosting ( they used to sleep on the ground in the same coop in the beginning)

    The Orp only bullies at times of feeding and when one of the pullets makes the mistake of getting too close to her........The other older hen is a Production Red that can care less about the whole situation.....

    My question still lingers above....why have the older hens taken to the nesting box to sleep at night?

  2. Roosterfry

    Roosterfry Songster

    Nov 26, 2010
    North Mississippi
    Maybe they feel out numbered and that they are running out of room on the roost?

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