Hen won't leave the coop

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Circe, Oct 29, 2012.

  1. Circe

    Circe In the Brooder

    Jul 2, 2011
    Griffin, GA
    Last week, something got into our coop and killed 3 of my 4 hens. The last one didn't seem visibly injured, but now she won't come out of the coop unless we make her, and she's not eating normally. Is she traumatized, or should I worry that something is physically wrong with her?
  2. PrairieChickens

    PrairieChickens Songster

    Jun 29, 2012
    Your hen is most certainly traumatized, especially if she is the only survivor of the attack. Not only did she see something kill her flockmates, but she lost her friends and is now dealing both with the trauma and her grief. She will need a lot of TLC from you to overcome it, in the form of treats, gentle encouragement, and--if she'll allow it--cuddles. If she is indeed your only remaining chicken, I'd suggest getting her some new flockmates ASAP. Chickens are very social animals and tend to get a bit wonky if they're all alone.
  3. flockmaker2

    flockmaker2 Hatching

    Oct 29, 2012
    do u have a pic of what it left but if it left heads it's a weasle if it is a hole ug under your pen and feathers ever were and feathers in the ege of the woods then a fox.
  4. 1muttsfan

    1muttsfan Free Ranging

    Mar 26, 2011
    Upper Peninsula Michigan
    I agree with Prairie, your hen is unnerved at being alone and needs a few companions.

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