One of our 4 is hens is not going into The coop at night

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by sethhaley, Sep 11, 2013.

  1. sethhaley

    sethhaley New Egg

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    One of our hens is not going into the coop at night, she has been roosting on the windowsill outside our bathroom, we do not know if she is trying to eat bugs that are attracted to the light of the window at night or if the flock has expelled her from the coop, We have picked her up and brought her back to the coop but she will not go inside the coop with the other hens. Has anyone had any experiences like this we live in Florida
     
  2. Judy

    Judy Chicken Obsessed Staff Member Premium Member

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    My first thought is to wonder whether the coop is too hot for her. She could be at the bottom of the pecking order and prefer not to be harrassed at night. She may be eating bugs because the others are keeping her away from food and water. I would make sure my coop gets no hotter than the shady outdoors, and I would see if I could identify a lead bully in the flock, and isolate her from the flock for several days, to knock her down in the pecking order.

    I haven't read this article, to tell the truth, but maybe something in it will be helpful:

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/a/bullying-behavior-in-chickens
     

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