Ada06

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My six hens have been together since day 1. Once they were out of the brooder into their new coop they roosted together. Lately when I have gone out to lock them up I noticed they havent been letting their sister up on the highest roosting bar. I keep putting her up on the top because it is getting chillier at night and I dont want here to freeze. She doesnt appear to be sick. She is still laying, eating and free ranging. She has always had a lighter red comb than the rest on one side so I dont know if that causes a problem or not.
 

oldhenlikesdogs

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She could be unwell, or just your bottom bird. As pullets mature they start to enforce the pecking order more. Bottom birds often need to stay 5-10 feet away from top birds in my observations.

Chickens keep themselves warm in winter. A solitary bird will be okay as long as it isn't stressed. Let it roost where it wants, and make sure there are multiple options for birds to choose.
 

Ada06

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Apr 26, 2020
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She could be unwell, or just your bottom bird. As pullets mature they start to enforce the pecking order more. Bottom birds often need to stay 5-10 feet away from top birds in my observations.

Chickens keep themselves warm in winter. A solitary bird will be okay as long as it isn't stressed. Let it roost where it wants, and make sure there are multiple options for birds to choose.
Ok thank you. We have three roosting bars so they should be fine.
 

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