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Looking for suggestions for a hen that won't go into the coop

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by akleser, Dec 26, 2016.

  1. akleser

    akleser New Egg

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    We have a small flock of six hens. We currently have an Easter Egger, a Olive Egger, two Red Sex Links and recently added a barred rock and an ameraucana. The Ameraucana is a pullet and is having a really hard time adjusting. We introduced both her and the barred rock slowly, over the course of about three weeks. The barred rock is fully integrated into the flock, but the Ameraucana is still refusing to go anywhere near the others, to the point where she won't go into the coop at night :(. We live in Ontario, Canada - and our winter's can get quite cold (down to -40 C last year) - I want to make sure she learns the coop is a good place to go in the cold, but am unsure what to do. At this point, I have to go out every night and physically put her in the coop (which she does not like at all :( ). Any suggestions? She's a beautiful bird and I would hate to lose her to the cold!
     
  2. ChickenGoesRuff

    ChickenGoesRuff Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I would (cruel as it sounds) lock them into the coop for a few days so they fully integrate and settle their differences. Or I'd even remove a few established hens for a day so the hierarchy is destroyed and reestablished, diverting attention solely from the Ameraucana and letting her find her place. I do this with my roosters every couple months to reduce aggression toward hens (or vice versa). They go to a hen-free run and coop, work out their differences to get along (since there's nothing to compete for) and go back to a wonderful surprise of hens. The hens also then feel more confident in their environment and put the boys in their place if need be.
     
  3. redsoxs

    redsoxs Chicken Obsessed

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    I totally agree.
     

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