Partial Separation a Good Idea?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by CoopintheWoods, Dec 30, 2016.

  1. CoopintheWoods

    CoopintheWoods Chirping

    Dec 27, 2016
    I have an injured hen who needs to be separate from the flock, and I am thinking of housing her in a large dog crate in the coop. Will she feel lonely or left out when the others go outside and she does not? Would it be better for the crate to be in an unused bathroom in the house and me to keep her company? I've done that before, but the hen that time was much more accepting of me. This hen does not appreciate my company. Any advice would be helpful.
  2. redsoxs

    redsoxs Crowing

    Jul 17, 2011
    North Central Kansas
    Whichever you choose (I'd opt for the dog kennel in the coop), you are doing the wise thing by physically keeping her away from her mates. At the first sign of weakness of injury they will turn on her and that can get ugly. Plus, if you house with the others you won't have to re-integrate her if her isolation is prolonged. Best wishes!
  3. N F C

    N F C phooey! Premium Member Project Manager

    Dec 12, 2013
    I would also vote for keeping her in a crate in the coop. I used to have a permanently disabled girl that perked up quite a bit when we re-worked her little private coop/run so she could see the other birds and they could see her. They really do better being as much a part of the flock as is safe. Also, if at some point you can integrate her back into the flock, it should go better since she hasn't been "out of sight/out of mind" of the other chickens.

    Hope your girl is better soon.
  4. Mrs. K

    Mrs. K Crowing

    Nov 12, 2009
    western South Dakota
    I really think that separating birds away from the flock causes more problems than it solves. I vote for in the coop too. But do move the crate outside in the run during the day, back in the coop at night.

    Mrs K
  5. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

    Jun 18, 2010
    Southern Oregon
    What is her injury? If at all possible, keep her with the flock. if you have to separate her, keep her as close and interactive as possible. Totally pulling her from the flock (into the house, etc) is just setting up for issues when you want to return her.
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  6. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

    Nov 27, 2012
    SW Michigan
    My Coop

    Ditto Both^^^^

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