In the Brooder
- Apr 24, 2014
I have an antisocial chicken and, as a first time "chicken mom", I'm not sure if this is something to be concerned about. The hen's a red sex-link and she seems to be top of the pecking order. She always gets the best roosting spot, is the first to gobble up the layer feed, and seems to do her fair share of bullying when other hens come close to her. When all of the other hens come over to me for chicken treats, she stays far away. She wants nothing to do with the other hens, and certainly wants nothing to do with humans! Even with a bag of live crickets and mealworms (which made the other hens go bonkers with excitement), she turned her beak at me and walked to the other side of the run. When she is in the chicken tractor, she walks to the opposite end of where all the other hens are digging and eating. When another hen comes close to her, she pecks at them and they take off running. She is antisocial and clearly does not want to have anything to do with the other hens... but I cannot understand why! It baffles me that she is so antisocial that she won't partake in a feast of live crickets and worms, even though all of the other chickens are clearly enjoying their treats. Is she just so mean that she's ostracized herself? Or does she just not like treats, friends, people, social time, etc? She truly seems to live in her own world! Any advice would be helpful. She is in good health, is laying strong, and eats plenty...she's just antisocial.