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Hen not traveling with flock

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by lablover, Mar 14, 2013.

  1. lablover

    lablover Songster

    Apr 7, 2012
    I have 6 chickens that free range. When I turn them out, 5 of them head to the house to look for left over bird seed, and one hen stays at the barn. She wanders in and out of the stalls and just does her own thing. Pretty soon, the roo and the other 4 hens make their way back to the barn, and they all join up as a flock again. Sometimes the one hen travels with the flock as they make a trip to the house, but most of the time she happy to stay at the barn. She acts fine, eats and lays eggs, so what's up?

    One day she hurt her leg somehow and stayed near the coop as she couldn't keep up with the flock, but other than that, I haven't noticed anything different.

  2. Gallusfarm

    Gallusfarm Songster

    Jul 14, 2009
    just like people sometimes they need alone time.
  3. GoldDogsMom

    GoldDogsMom Songster

    Aug 10, 2011
    Indiana, PA
    If she is healthy and happy and shows no signs of injury, I wouldn't stress over it. One of my PBR hens seems to be a loner, the rest of the flock wander all over the place when free ranging and come running to me for treats but she is content to stick close to the coop.
  4. cmoore333

    cmoore333 Chirping

    Jan 28, 2013
    I have two hens that don't stay with the rest of the flock (they all free range)... They wonder around togther, both seem happy so I just let them be...one seems to be staying near my new baby's that I just transplanted outside into thier pen last week:)
  5. lablover

    lablover Songster

    Apr 7, 2012
    Thanks everyone! She is a gold sex link, and her "twin" used to stay with her all the time. They would both hang out together, so I never really paid much attention to it. Now that they have grown up, they're more independent of each other I guess.

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