Newly introduced hen hiding for 5 days

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by puddinbabe, Feb 27, 2009.

  1. puddinbabe

    puddinbabe Out Of The Brooder

    Jul 5, 2007
    I've recently introduced a 5 month old hen to my other two hens. The new RIR is a little smaller than the other two, but not by much. Of course, the resident hens are giving her a hard time, chasing her and pecking feathers. So the new hen has decided to hide up on a shelf where I keep hay and where the hens lay their eggs (why would they want to use the boxes). She's been up there for 5 days. She'll jump down for a little while when its time for someone else to lay. I've been giving her a little food and water up there, but I don't want to encourage her. I can't close the area off as its the laying area. And everytime I bring her down she jumps right back up. I want her to feel safe, but I want to make sure she joins the other girls eventually.

    Is this something I need to worry about or will it fix itself over time? I'm going out of town for 5 days next week and have someone feeding the hens, but they won't take as much time with the new girl as me.

    Thanks for any input!
  2. chicken master

    chicken master Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 16, 2009
    South carolina
    She'll be fine in time.

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