EE ignored by flock, why??

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by CathyRN, May 30, 2010.

  1. CathyRN

    CathyRN Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi there....relatively new chicken owner here as my pullets are only about 3 months old. I have them in a chicken stagecoach tractor outside. They are doing well....3 EEs, 3 barred rocks, 2 delawares, and 1 buff orpington. However, there is one EE that is very independent, doesn't free range much with the flock, and at night when I close the coop up, she's roosting on one side of the coop, and the 8 others are all snuggled together on the other side. [​IMG] Why is this? She is such a sweet chicken....I don't see her fighting with the other pullets or anything....and I thought maybe she was sick or something but she eats/drinks fine and looks very healthy. Is this common for a flock to ignore a bird of there flock or is she just low in the pecking order? [​IMG] Just curious..........couldn't find this behavior in any of the books. Thanks [​IMG][​IMG]
     
  2. simpsoncj

    simpsoncj Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Well, I don't know how normal it is but I have one EE and she is definitely the sweetest bird I have. She is also at the bottom of the pecking order. Sometimes I think she doesn't see well as she will bump into things, step all over my feet when I am by her, and generally appear addled at times. She doesn't have trouble seeing or eating her food though. I always just assume it is that her cheeks are so big she can't see around them! [​IMG] She is largely ignored by all the others and while she will follow the others around sometimes, she is more likely to be found off on her own.
    CJ
     

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