Pants is not invited to the party.

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by NRacine, Jun 24, 2010.

  1. NRacine

    NRacine Songster

    Sep 2, 2008
    This may be long, bare with me!

    We have 4 hens, they will be 2 in September. 2 EEs, 1 Wyandotte, and 1 Cochin. We though it would be fun to get 2 more chicks, so we built and extension on the coop, got 2 baby Wellies, and kept our fingers crossed. When the Wellies were old enough, we started the slow introduction and finally got them living in a dog crate in the coop, so visible but separate. We would let them all free-range together to start working out the pecking order and it was very violent. The Cochin (Pants) was the worst. We tried to stay out of it, but it was bloody and someone was going to lose an eye. Once Pants started beating up the little girls, the rest got involved and it was really terrible. After a few weeks of trying, we gave up and sent the Wellies to a new home where it's just the two of them.

    Now Pants has been kicked out of the flock. The other hens attack her and she doesn't even sleep on the roost anymore. She sleeps in the nest box and stays there all day. She doesn't lay eggs, the others are laying eggs next to the nest since it's always occupied. It's a mess. Last night I picked her up and put her on the roost, but by morning she was in the box again.

    There is one hen who is more aggressive than the others. Should I giver her a time-out? She can live in the crate for a few days, maybe let Pants make friends with the other two again.

    What is going on with these crazy chickens? Help!
  2. Tiss

    Tiss Songster

    May 8, 2010
    I'm so sorry to hear of your trouble. Chickens are so funny. I have 2 different flocks within my flock of 14.

    As for what to do about it, I haven't a clue. [​IMG]
  3. Tala

    Tala Flock Mistress

    If Pants is sleeping in the box, staying there all day, and not laying sounds like she's BROODY
  4. muddyhorse

    muddyhorse Songster

    Aug 11, 2009
    Bloomsdale, MO
    It sounds like pants is trying to go broody. she wants to be in the nest box not the roost. right now 4 of my ducks and 10 hens are broody. put pants in a big crate and give her some eggs.

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