Hen not going to coop at night after 2 years

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by HarmonyHen, Apr 11, 2016.

  1. HarmonyHen

    HarmonyHen In the Brooder

    Jun 14, 2012
    I have a speckled sussex hen (nearly 2 years old) who for the past 2 nights has not returned to the coop for bedtime. Without fail, all my girls have gone to bed as expected for years and now this one hen is defying her bedtime :) Same hen. I don't close up until well after dark, so it is not a matter of me not waiting long enough. I end up out there with a flashlight trying (unsuccessfully) to find her. She's come back in the AM. Any thoughts? Everyone free ranges during the day, we live in the woods with lots of cover, haven't had an predator issues that I'm aware of. Only other changes is another hen who's decided to go broody, but there are plenty of laying boxes and my 16 birds have a very large coop with plenty of roost and nest space.

    Thanks in advance for any help.
    Last edited: Apr 11, 2016

  2. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

    Nov 27, 2012
    SW Michigan
    My Coop
    Bet she's sitting on a nest of eggs somewhere, wanting to hatch them out, coming back to eat once a day.
  3. TimCline

    TimCline Chirping

    Mar 31, 2016
    Inez, ky
    X2 she's probably in a bush somewhere hiding

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