Mixed flock rejecting one chicken

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by katherinejelly, Jan 23, 2018.

  1. katherinejelly

    katherinejelly In the Brooder

    Jun 24, 2017
    Williamstown, MA
    I have eight 6-month-old pullet/hens, each a different breed (5 standard, 3 bantam). I got them all at the same time, as day-old chicks, and they all seemed to get along beautifully until about a month ago. I've noticed that the smallest, a bantam D'Uccle, is often standing by herself near the coop while the rest of the flock go about their business, adventuring and foraging around the yard. When they are all together, the others don't pick on her or hurt her. But she cries when she gets left behind (can't run as quickly as the others or doesn't want to go where they go) and I feel so sad!

    I'm not sure what's happening! Any thoughts?
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  2. The Phantom

    The Phantom I love birds!!!

    Adding a few more of the same breed of bantam could help.
  3. Brahma Chicken5000

    Brahma Chicken5000 Araucana Addict

    Sep 26, 2017
    Central New Jersey
    Your D’Uccle seems to be lowest in the pecking order. I agree with @The Phantom to add maybe 3 or 4 more D’Uccles to give her some friends.
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  4. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician

    May 3, 2009
    New Jersey
    Since you have not noticed the rest of the flock picking on her, I would be concerned that she is dealing with a health issue. Have you handled her to determine condition or the possibility of an injury ?
  5. Chickassan

    Chickassan Crossing the Road

    You might want to check her eyes too, if she can't see well she won't follow the flock.
  6. katherinejelly

    katherinejelly In the Brooder

    Jun 24, 2017
    Williamstown, MA
    Yes; she seems to be healthy and was not in pain when I handled her. And she is eating and drinking and eliminating normally. I'll keep checking on her... Thanks.
  7. chickens really

    chickens really Crazy Call Duck Momma

    If it's not broke...Don't fix it..If she is happy in the flock then all is good..People put human emotions on Chickens..:gig..They have zero thoughts or feeling like humans..Run on instinct..:thumbsup
  8. JesusHChicken

    JesusHChicken Songster

    Mar 27, 2017
    Kitsap County, WA
    My Coop
    I agree. A few of mine were a little slow foraging with the others. She'll get it. Or like others said, get a few more.
  9. Chickassan

    Chickassan Crossing the Road

    I'm going to say something and op please don't take offense. Your little chicken maybe a little bit daft as well as a little sight challenged. I have a hen that is similar, i know she can't see that great "cheek puffs" and she's a tad off. If the flock wanders away she doesn't even try to follow, she just cries. I expected it due to her breed, but I'm pretty sure it is something that could apply to any slightly mentally different chicken. :)
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  10. JaeG

    JaeG Free Ranging

    Sep 29, 2014
    New Zealand
    Birds as an animal group are naturally very intelligent. New studies have found chickens to be intelligent and emotional beings, capable of reasoning, self control, deception, empathy, basic arithmatic, and the ability to learn through observation. They have been found to display a wide range of emotions, and communicate using a wide variety of vocalisations. It just makes us feel better to think of them as senseless 'animals'.
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