- Oct 21, 2012
I have a pullet (silver aracauna sp??) Beulah, that I got this past spring - she is about 8 months old now and will not interact with any of the other hens or roosters. We have around 20 chickens total and all get along for the most part. I got Beulah with 3 other chickens all the same age and they have grown up together - the other 3 though ended up being roosters. Beulah was slightly injured this past summer and we kept her separated for a day or two to give her a chance to heal. Ever since then she has gone to extremes to avoid any contact with any of the chickens - the other hens and chicks don't pick on her - though the roosters keep trying to mount her and when they do she will end up laying on the ground and you think she is dead or really injured. When the weather was warm she would fly out of the barn-yard to sit on the porch with me but wouldn't interact at all with the other chickens. She has gotten to the point where she won't eat or drink if I don't feed her or stand guard over her while she drinks - she in fact is setting on my desk as I write this. She doesn't hardly weigh anything since I won't stay with her all day. Also, she has not started laying. How do I make her act like a chicken? I have tried tough love by avoiding her but she gets too weak from not eating or drinking.