Hen out of the flock...

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Dani & Mikey, May 1, 2019.

  1. Dani & Mikey

    Dani & Mikey Songster

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    We got our very first flock last year in March. We had 7 hens who all grew up together. We let the first broody hatch eggs that resulted in two new birds. One hen, one roo. In recent months we lost 3 hens so pecking order changed. Gladys, my remaining BJG, is definitely on the outside now. Maybe because she won’t let the Rooster touch her? The two of them have had words more than once and she puffs up like a big black cotton ball when he comes near her. I’ve been finding her all alone more often than not. Not good since they free range for most of the afternoon. Now, we added 6 new chicks this year. They are currently at about 10 weeks. We have them in a coop of their own that connects by an adjoining run that can be sectioned off. So far both flocks seem fine together - no fights, no bullying. Both flocks still separate at bed time though. Should I try to add Gladys to their flock? I don’t want her to be a solo chicken. My hope is to integrate and just have one flock by the time it’s all said and done.

    That was a lot, thank you if you got through all of it and followed! Now, what would you do?
     
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  2. Ribh

    Ribh Free Ranging

    Is she roosting with the others @ night or is she roosting alone? I ask because tucking her up with a roost buddy might help integrate her back into the flock.

    I have a Wyandotte bantam that is something of a loner within the flock. I usually tuck her up with the Frizzle @ night & have found them now running together during the day @ times also.
     
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    Dani & Mikey Songster

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    She still roosts with her flock. Kind of. I definitely see her on the lower roost by herself sometimes. Her best buddy was our other BJG. We lost her to a fox. Gladys has not been the same since. :( Now it’s like Roscoe (the rooster) just keeps edging her out.
     
  4. Ribh

    Ribh Free Ranging

    I think I would just put her up with one of the others each night so she isn't roosting alone. She is grieving & needs to partner up with somebody else.

    Edited to add: I'd be wary of putting her in with the younger hens. If she's not herself & being assertive they would likely bully her. & she would be the *new girl*.
     
  5. Dani & Mikey

    Dani & Mikey Songster

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    Ok, thank you! I just went to check on everyone as they were going to bed and tucked her in with our ISA who also lost her partner in crime recently. I can’t wait for everyone to be friends again. It makes me so sad to see her by herself. Also very worried. Solo birds are like waking targets for predators it seems. I appreciate your advice!
     
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  6. Ribh

    Ribh Free Ranging

    You're welcome. I don't know much but I do know animals & birds grieve. Like us they need support so just telling you what I'd do. :)
     
  7. Acre4Me

    Acre4Me Crowing

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    We have a BJG female that is a loner, although not shunned. She grew up with the flock, no issues. We’ve integrated 2 batches of chicks since then, and she’s fine all around, but likes her space. She roosts on a rung lower, but she’s so big and packed with downy feathers, I think she just doesn’t want to be squished between others, because I don’t see any picking on her. The rooster (a BJG) is fine with her, so that helps. Good luck, I hope everything settles down.
     
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