My black sex link hen is acting strange

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by genesis1verse1, Oct 27, 2012.

  1. genesis1verse1

    genesis1verse1 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have a black sex link hen who is 8 months old. She usually does the same thing that all the other hens do, eat, poop, sleep, act curious, etc. For the last couple of days she has been off by herself more and today she went into the hen house in the middle of the day to roost. I got her out so she could have the treats I was giving to the others and a little later she went back in to roost again. Later on I opened up the large pen to let them all free range a little bit, which they love to do and so I got her out again. She went out for a little bit then she just found a corner of the fence and just laid there while all the others were running around happily doing their thing. Eventually, she went back into the hen house and roosted again and that time I left her there. She looks very healthy and occasionally acts perfectly normal. I don't think she has laid any eggs in a while. Is she broody? If so, why is she going to the roost? I thought they went to the nesting boxes and sat when they go broody. I'm all for a broody hen if we weren't about to be winter but for now I don't think it's a good idea. What should I do?
     
  2. ChemicalchiCkns

    ChemicalchiCkns Out Of The Brooder

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    A Hunch (& nothing more): Are her Eyes normal looking? Maybe she thinks it is darker than it really is. OR, could she been affrighted by some Thing and be now Skittish?
     
  3. MamaRudey

    MamaRudey Chillin' With My Peeps

    I have a black sex link that is a few marbles short as well. Maybe it is the breed? LOL
     
  4. bridget-rdh

    bridget-rdh Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'd check her vision.. toss some treats to just her. We had a red sex link go blind. She'd just stand in the coop or run all day. We had to cull her because the others kept picking/torturing her. But if she's getting back on the roost she must be able to see?
     
  5. genesis1verse1

    genesis1verse1 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes, it is possible that she is being skittish. A couple of weeks ago we got a rooster and he is really doing his thing with all the hens. Could that be it? We jokingly thought it might be him but maybe she really is trying to get away from him.
     
  6. genesis1verse1

    genesis1verse1 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I think her vision is ok. She has no problem hopping up onto the roost. She went for the treats when I pulled her out of the hen house, she is just laying low I guess.
     
  7. bridget-rdh

    bridget-rdh Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Well hopefully she'll get used to the roo and snap out of it soon[​IMG]
     
  8. genesis1verse1

    genesis1verse1 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yeah, if that's what it is.... Has anyone ever had this happen before?
     
  9. bridget-rdh

    bridget-rdh Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I don't have any roosters.. And am relatively new to this.. Sorry.. Hopefully someone will know.
     
  10. ChemicalchiCkns

    ChemicalchiCkns Out Of The Brooder

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    All my Hens kept in the Coop after a notorious Hawk attackt them one Day; they waited several Days before returning to Normal.
     

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