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Hen will not leave roost

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by dgkatz, Nov 2, 2008.

  1. dgkatz

    dgkatz Out Of The Brooder

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    I have a hen that has not left the roost in days. What might be wrong or why might she be doing this. She is not a new bird to me and has not done this before, she usually loves to free-range
     
  2. Linda in San Diego

    Linda in San Diego Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Is she on a roost or in a nest box?
     
  3. redoak

    redoak Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My two, 12 week old chicks won't leave the roost on their own since we got our 1st snow. So I've been going into the coop and taking them out and putting them under some shrubs. The snow is all gone but they still won't go out on their own. Once I take them out they stay out all day.
     
  4. dgkatz

    dgkatz Out Of The Brooder

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    Quote:this is a seasoned hen though
     
  5. dgkatz

    dgkatz Out Of The Brooder

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    Quote:roost
     
  6. Linda in San Diego

    Linda in San Diego Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I think concern is warrented. If it was a nest box, I would say she might be "broody" but on a roost ... for days ... that does not sound right.

    I am new to chickens, only have had the Delightful Dozen since mid April, so they are just pullets and giving eggs for room and board.

    I wonder what could be going on? I hope someone with more experienc reads this and has information. I will be checking back to see what you find out!
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  7. swtangel321

    swtangel321 ~Crazy Egg Lady~

    Jul 11, 2008
    Is she showing any signs of being sick ?? Egg bound ?? Anything change latly ?? Try puting her outside yourself and see what she does !! Is someone picking on her ?? I would keep an eye on her when you put her out for a little while and see if you notice anything !!
     
  8. dgkatz

    dgkatz Out Of The Brooder

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    Quote:she looks alert and healthy and she's the last hen that would ever get picked on
     
  9. AngieChick

    AngieChick Poultry Elitist

    I would definitely separate her. Maybe put her in her own little enclosure with food and water. She could be ill and hiding symptoms yet.
     
  10. Pine Grove

    Pine Grove Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Do you have a rooster with her?..If so thats the problem, she's probably molting and very sore, She's hanging on the roost to avoid being bothered by the rooster....
     

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