One lone chicken roosting in tree

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by someplumbcoop, Nov 14, 2011.

  1. someplumbcoop

    someplumbcoop In the Brooder

    Oct 19, 2010
    North Carolina
    Recently one of my chickens has decided to not go in the coop with the rest of the flock but to roost in a tree near the coop. I live in North Carolina so the winter is not too bad, but it still gets really cold. Will she be alright by herself? Should I make her go in the coop?
    Last edited: Nov 14, 2011
  2. Kevin565

    Kevin565 Crowing Premium Member

    Dec 22, 2009
    You should try to get her into the coop. There are alot of predators in the night. There is always a chance that being left out one night could get her injured or killed. You can try to lure her with some food or wait till it's dark to grab her out of the tree.
  3. CMV

    CMV Flock Mistress

    Apr 15, 2009
    Quote:Agree 100%. It is just bad policy to leave birds out at night.

    Birds are useless once the sun goes down, so they have no way to defend themselves or flee from danger should it appear. If you don't care too much about losing her, then let her be. But if you value her as part of the flock then haul her butt inside and make her roost in safety.

    Good luck.
  4. EmAbTo48

    EmAbTo48 Songster

    Jul 9, 2011
    Northern Wisconsin
    3 of my laying hens did this, they just stopped going in the coop, I waited till dark kept picking them up and putting them in the coop did this for 2 weeks straight and then they just started going back in the coop!

    Know idea what was going on but haven't had them do it for 2 years now!
  5. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

    May 3, 2009
    New Jersey
    Weather wise she will be fine, but she is a prime target for a GHO.
  6. flowerchild59

    flowerchild59 Songster

    Apr 25, 2010
    Southern IL
    A few years ago, my whole flock was wiped out by a coon in the middle of the night. The lone survivor was a roo who had escaped a few days earlier and was roosting in a tree. He continued to live by himself for about 4 years, he hung out by the barn with the horses, came up to the house for a toss of dog food and lived the high life. He always roosted in a tree even during the winter. He finally met his maker when he was struck by a car crossing the proverbial road.
  7. Tala

    Tala Flock Mistress

    Weather wise she'll be fine, but raccoons climb trees.
    I used to let my free range bachelor roosters sleep on top of the hen coop. Surprisingly, no owls got them even though I hear them all the time. It was dogs that finally did get them, in the daytime.
    Still, hens aren't allowed to roost outside because of predators. I get them after dark and put them back inside. I'm lazy and refuse to do this every night, so if one starts going rogue they all loose their free range privileges for a couple weeks of "retraining"
  8. My daughter has a rooster up at their house that decided to start sleeping in a tree instead of the coop with the rest of the chickens. They decided to let him be and he was fine for about a month.

    One morning when they found him, his leg was broken up near his feathers making his leg useless. I thought maybe during the night an owl had tried to get him and while trying to escape his leg got caught in the crouch of a branch and snapped his leg. Anyway, his leg is now splinted and taped and he is starting to hop on it a little but mostly he'll just set it down and use it for balance. It's been on for 2 weeks now and they are planning on taking off the splint in a day or two.

    He'll probably survive but I'm pretty sure his flogging days are over. Which is probably a good thing because he's flogged us all.....[​IMG].

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