In the Brooder
- Apr 30, 2011
My chicks are, well I'm not exactly sure how old they are. Maybe 12ish weeks or so? Anyway, I've been letting them free range during the day and I lock them up at night. I've noticed that one of the pullets ends up not in the hen house but instead she's on top of the metal garbage can where we store the food that's right up next to our house. Every night for the last few nights she's done this. I think she's the one chick who "got lost" one night. I never found her and I just figured she was a casualty and life would go on, until I saw her outside next to the locked hen house the next morning. I'm not sure because I have 3 of that kind and I'm not sure who's who because they change so much it's hard to recognize them individually. Anyway, I think she was going to sleep there for the night. Is this normal chicken behavior? She's very sweet compared to all the other pullets and is the only one who lets us touch and hold her (it's still rare, but it happens a lot more than with the others). I'm wondering if maybe she's at the bottom of the pecking order which is why she'd rather not hang with the other chicks or something? Is there something I can do to help her?