Barred Rock always stays in chicken coop.

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by oliviad51, Jul 14, 2010.

  1. oliviad51

    oliviad51 Songster

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    I have a barred rock hen that hardly ever leaves the chicken coop. Im not sure why. She just stays in there all day. I feel bad, but I don't know what to do. I think she is worried about the roosters getting on her, but we only have 4 roosters and like 20-30 hens. Do old hens do this? She looks as if she could be a little older, but I think she's still laying. Anyways, I will post pics tomorrow, but for now does anyone know what could be wrong?
     

  2. LindsayB

    LindsayB Songster

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    Have you noticed any of the others picking on her? When we got a new EE 2 weeks ago the other girls would chase her constantly. The only relief she got was hiding in the coop all day. Is she new?
     
  3. oliviad51

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    She's not new. I don't think anyone picks on her. When she walks out of the coop, she starts making the sound that broodys make when they take a 'break' to eat or drink.
     
  4. michickenwrangler

    michickenwrangler To Finish Is To Win

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    What's the weather like?

    Our Cochin rooster spent almost all winter in the coop.

    If your weather is hot and your run doesn't have any shade, she may be in there just to cool off.
     
  5. Happy Chooks

    Happy Chooks Moderator Staff Member

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    Is she on a nest? Sounds like she may be broody. Does she puff up or screech at you or other chickens? Does she stay in the same spot at night?
     
  6. oliviad51

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    no, shes not a broody. She just sits there on the roosting things(im not sure what they're called) all day. The chickens are free range, so she has plenty access to shade.
     
  7. Happy Chooks

    Happy Chooks Moderator Staff Member

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    I would worry that she's sick then. That's just not normal.

    Could she be eggbound?
     
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  8. Indiana hens

    Indiana hens Songster

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    When people are sick they usually stay inside and rest. Never heard of a good scenario without treatment. I would give her 1/2 cc of Tylan 50.
     
  9. oliviad51

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    Shes been doing this ever since we got her. I did see her out and walking around today...that made me feel a lot better.
     

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