Hen isolates herself, normal?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by mlcrowley, Mar 17, 2017.

  1. mlcrowley

    mlcrowley Out Of The Brooder

    Feb 27, 2017
    I've got 5 hens, all about 3 years old and all have been together since they were tiny. They all get along well, but I have one EE who's almost always by herself. They free range during the day and the flock will all wander around together for the most part, but she seems to be by herself more often than not. The other 4 are currently in the back of the house scratching around and she's laying in the front yard dust bathing. She doesn't seem sick at all, she eats, drinks, and will follow the others and scratch around with them for a while, but if they get to a spot she likes, she'll stay there after they move on. Is it normal for a hen to just be a bit more independent than the others?
  2. givengrove

    givengrove Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 15, 2017
    From what I've learnt yeah! If she doesn't show any symptoms of being sick then it's fine, my Cochin hen used to hang with the girls all the time but then she just.. moved on.
  3. mlcrowley

    mlcrowley Out Of The Brooder

    Feb 27, 2017

    Thank you! She hasn't shown any symptoms that I've seen. She just seems to not be bothered by what everyone else is doing, haha.
  4. GC-Raptor

    GC-Raptor Overrun With Chickens

    Jul 26, 2016
    Connecticut, U.S.A.
    My lowest in the pecking order hangs out by herself about half the time. For example she'll rest under the raised coop while the others forage and vice versa.
    So your EE could be at the bottom of the pecking order. GC
  5. kgb6days

    kgb6days Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 6, 2016
    My EE hangs by herself a lot of the time. She's low chick on the pecking order and I think she does it just to keep the others from pecking at her. Sorta like the 'uncool' kid in high school keeping a low profile to keep from getting picked on.
  6. mlcrowley

    mlcrowley Out Of The Brooder

    Feb 27, 2017
    That makes total sense, she's definitely the lowest on the totem pole.
  7. aldarita

    aldarita Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 2, 2012
    Brenham TX
    It is very interesting to observe the different personalities within the flock, I have one hen that is almost three years old and ever since she was a pullet she has been kind of a loner, she interacts with the rest of the flock but most of the time she is out free ranging by herself. She is not at the bottom of the pecking order, she is sort of in the middle so I might say that, even in the chicken world, there is a wide range of personalities [​IMG]
  8. Spartan22

    Spartan22 Overrun With Chickens

    Sep 2, 2014
    Canton, Ohio
    Same with my white EE, she mostly avoid others and perched away from the rest, she goes to the highest 8' rafters of the coop while the rest are on 3' & 4' perches, I got 4 EEs and they're all @bottom pecking order.

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