EE being a freak!

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by CarrieW, Aug 26, 2011.

  1. CarrieW

    CarrieW Chillin' With My Peeps

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    One of my EE's is being a freak! I cleaned out the coop the other day, put in nice new pine shavings, now she won't set foot in there. She stands at the door clucking at her coop mates, but won't go in. She has been spending the night outside for a few nights now (she won't let me touch her) and I'm sure laying somewhere, but no idea where. Anyone have any advice???
     
  2. SIMPleChick

    SIMPleChick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You just gotta catch her and put her in there...Did you change the type of material in the nests or just refresh it? Try some straw? My chickens LOVE to move it around and from nest to nest as they are sitting to lay. Just pick her up and put her in there, break the bad habit!
     
  3. allieloveschickens

    allieloveschickens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Find where she is sleeping at night and put her in the coop, do it every night until she adjusts. Good luck!
     
  4. Springthing

    Springthing Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Grab a rolled up newspaper and with a stern voice s-...no, wait...that might not work.. I'm so new to all this.

    Good luck with her!
     
  5. CarrieW

    CarrieW Chillin' With My Peeps

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    There is straw in the next boxes, the shavings are on the floor, she won't walk on them. (She was brought up from chick-hood on shavings) I have no idea where where she is going at night, I have 20 acres, and I'm not walking them after dark (lions and tigers and bears, oh my) She is probably going in with the horses. As for catching her, no way, she is more flighty than my Leghorns, a total spaz! I even opened the door to the babies coop thinking she would go in there, nope, shavings must still be too new in there too.
     
  6. jtbrown

    jtbrown Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My EE are total spazzes too, hope you get her in. I never thought they would be that flighty. My husband thinks they are unfriendly, especially when compared to our other very friendly mixed flock of birds.
     
  7. CarrieW

    CarrieW Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Well, she didn't go in again tonight, and not for my lack of trying. I chased her around the barn for an hour, she just kept going round and round, and I'm pretty sure I saw her flip me the bird a few times. I even tried to tempt her with bread, her favorite treat, nope. I did open up the foaling stall a little for her to get out of the weather tonight, storm coming in. I guess this teaches me to clean out the coop and put new shavings in *sigh*
     
  8. stormylady

    stormylady Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I agree i would just catch her up and put her in. She'll soon see there is nothing to be worried about and she'll be fine, [​IMG] Do you know where she is spending her nights?

    Duh sorry just read you last post!
     
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