New chicken staying up on roost

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by BOs and Silkie, Oct 27, 2011.

  1. BOs and Silkie

    BOs and Silkie Out Of The Brooder

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    I have two buff opingtons and one silkie. I introduced the silkie to the orpingtons about two weeks ago. The pecking order is established, but the silkie stays up on the roost all day. Is there anyway I can get her to stay down? Thanks
     
  2. chicmom

    chicmom Dances with Chickens

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    Well, you should probably take her down and make sure she's eating and drinking....Maybe those orps have run her up there and she's intimidated. I don't know how you would keep her from roosting, unless you either took her outside into the chicken run.....Or caged her with some food and water.....

    She'll get used to things and then start moving around more.....It takes time for a new chicken to get used to their new flock mates and surrounding.

    Sharon
     
  3. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe Chicken Obsessed

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    She's probably suffering social stress. She doesn't know anyone.
    The roost isn't too high for her to jump down is it?
     
  4. BOs and Silkie

    BOs and Silkie Out Of The Brooder

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    nope, she can jump down. I did take the ladder down for more space, should i put that back in?
     
  5. wyoDreamer

    wyoDreamer Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Does she have any place on the ground where she can escape from the BO's?
    Maybe that is the only place she can get some peace.
    Could you make an area that she can get to to get away from the others?
    The buffs must be bigger than her, so make her a little area where they cannot fit through the door.
     
  6. Hollywood Hen

    Hollywood Hen Out Of The Brooder

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    I had one new girl who did that for a couple of days. After the first day, I saw her sneak down and get a drink and bite, then right back up on the roost. She stayed up there for all but a few minutes a day, but at least I knew she wasn't on a hunger strike.

    It took a few days, but she seems to be all integrated with the flock now. Good luck!
     

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