- Mar 7, 2010
I've had three five- to six-month-old Golden Comet pullets for two weeks and everything was great until a few days ago. I noticed one was staying in the hen house and not eating but was drinking. The other two run around their pen (8'x12' dog pen) and eat like crazy, while this one pecks some at the food and then walks away. There are no other signs of illness. I thought perhaps it had gone broody, but she didn't roll a plastic egg under herself when I put one in front of her. Yesterday morning I put her in the garage, and when I would go out to check on her she would start eating and she ate treats I gave her. This morning she was eating and looked fine, so I put her back outside with the other two pullets. I did a lot of work outside this afternoon so watched their behavior. She stayed outside with the others in the pleasant weather and pecked some food. When I took them a treat, the other two acted like they were starving and gobbled it up, while the other one watched and shyly pecked a little. I threw some of the treat away from the others so she could have some. But another one ran over and grabbed it. After the two were finished, she came over and pecked at the crumbs that were left. Have the other two pullets chased her away from food so she's afraid to eat? I have her back in the garage. As soon as I put her out there she started eating. I thought about leaving her in there for a couple of days to build up her strength if she hasn't been getting enough food, then taking her back outside and bringing one of the others into the garage for a couple of days to see if things improve with the one that hasn't been eating. What do you think? These are my very first chickens and I'm clueless!