Chicken on the run

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by jirimiah, Nov 21, 2015.

  1. jirimiah

    jirimiah Out Of The Brooder

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    I have 3 hens that just started laying 2 days ago. They are free range chickens, last night when I went to shut up the coop I noticed one was missing. I looked every where bit could not find her, this morning I went to let the others out and she came running to me. Well tonight only 2 hens again and it's supposed to be 16 degrees. Can anyone tell me why she would do this....hopefully she'll show up in the morning.[​IMG]
     
  2. rIrs roost

    rIrs roost Sir Crows A lot Premium Member

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    Could she have a nest somewhere and or be broody? This is my guess.
     
  3. jirimiah

    jirimiah Out Of The Brooder

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    That's kind of what I was wondering..it's the only thing I can think of if she comes back tomorrow I'm locking her up
     
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    rIrs roost Sir Crows A lot Premium Member

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    I think I would too Just because of predators. When she come back, do you know how long she stay at your house? If you were able and wanted here to hatch chicks, you could follow her, get the eggs, and put them in the nest box in the coop. It'd be better if you could keep her partitioned off from the others though.
     
  5. jirimiah

    jirimiah Out Of The Brooder

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    No I have lots of land they free range but tomorrow I'll try to watch and see where she goes before I lock her up
     
  6. rIrs roost

    rIrs roost Sir Crows A lot Premium Member

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    If she's broody and you bring eggs back to the nest, she may continue to sit on them. Good luck. Please keep us posted.
     
  7. nuklee0

    nuklee0 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That's exactly what happened with one of my hens this summer but I didn't know at the time that she was broody. I would only see her first thing in the morning devouring as much food as possible and then she was gone. I tried to follow her one day but she went into an area where the brush was too thick and I lost her. Unfortunately a coyote eventually got her. Just my thoughts: Lock her up if you can.
     
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    jirimiah Out Of The Brooder

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    Ok thanks for the info
     
  9. rebrascora

    rebrascora Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi

    You are aware that the chicken in the centre of your photo is a cockerel and not a pullet, aren't you. It just strikes me as odd that you mention 3 hens but show a picture of a cockerel with a hen half out of the shot. Obviously if it is the cockerel that is not coming in to roost at night, you can rule out broodiness.
     
  10. rIrs roost

    rIrs roost Sir Crows A lot Premium Member

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    I wasn't thinking. If there's not a roo, you can't have chicks. But I've heard that they will still go broody sometimes without a roo. Won't do no good as far as hatching chicks though with no roo.Thank you rebra.
     

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