Odd behavior from my Buff Orpington

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by FeralAnalyst, Aug 8, 2016.

  1. FeralAnalyst

    FeralAnalyst Hatching

    Mar 28, 2016
    Yesterday, when I went outside I was greeted by my flock of free ranging hens and guineas. I then noticed my Buff orpington was missing. The hens are always together. I assumed the worst and went looking for her.

    I eventually saw some tail feathers peaking out of a hedge in my front yard. I called her and no response. Shook the bush and no response. I then reached in and saw that she was fine. Just hanging out in the bush. I picked her up and nothing was wrong.

    She is 17 weeks old. I am still a newbie at this. Is this behavior normal?
  2. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Chicken tender Premium Member

    Jul 16, 2015
    central Wisconsin
    Some chickens like being alone. If she doesn't act sick, I wouldn't worry about it. Though occasionally one will get bullied and end up hiding, so maybe a bit of flock observation will let you know if she's just being independent or if something else is going on.
  3. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

    Jun 18, 2010
    Southern Oregon

    Is she showing signs of being ready to lay? 17 weeks is pretty early for a BO, but it's possible she was checking out nesting sites.

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