In the Brooder
- Jun 14, 2011
My chickens are about 12 weeks old and are starting to get pretty big. I have 3 plymouth rock hens, 1 plymouth rock rooster, and 1 blue cochin hen. The blue cochin is at the bottom of the pecking order I think because whenever I go to feed them treats, the roo or the other hens will push her out of the way and she doesn't get much. I have been finding feathers scattered around the coop, is that from them loosing there feathers or is that part of the pecking order from them pecking the feathers off? Also, yesterday I took the blue cochin out of the coop and put her in the yard so that she could eat some grass since there is no grass in the coop. When I put her down, I think she felt lost since she was alone and she just walked around and clucked and didn't really eat any grass. But then she started squatting real quickly, and I read somewhere that chickens squat before they start to lay. Is it possible that she might be laying soon being only 3 months old? I think she was just squatting because she was about to try to fly, but I'm not sure. Thanks!