Strange chicken behavior

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by aissak, Jan 2, 2013.

  1. aissak

    aissak Out Of The Brooder

    Jan 2, 2013
    Niantic Illinois
    I have one strange chicken who stands outside the barn and won't come in at night. she has been strange since we got her and always a runt, She has been ill twice and I have nursed her back to health. Do you think she could have poor vision and can't a find the coop door?
  2. willowbranchfarm

    willowbranchfarm Chicken Boots

    Oct 3, 2011
    My Coop
    :welcome glad you joined. :) she could but she might just not like going in.
  3. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

    May 3, 2009
    New Jersey
    [​IMG] Is there a possibility that the others are picking at her and keeping her from going into the coop?
  4. aoxa

    aoxa Overrun With Chickens

    Is this by any chance a crested breed like a silkie, polish or houdan?

  5. redsoxs

    redsoxs Chicken Obsessed

    Jul 17, 2011
    North Central Kansas
    Greetings from Kansas, and [​IMG]! Pleased you joined us! I wonder if maybe your chicken gets picked on and doesn't want to go to the coop. Chickens have a pecking order and will turn on what they perceive as a weaker chicken. Yours, haven been sick twice and on the small side, might be at the very bottom of the pecking order and reluctant to enter. Just my thoughts. Hope she comes around.
  6. clfromok

    clfromok Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 29, 2012
    Hastings Ok
    Im new at this so don't know about vision? I had a big beautiful Leghorn that was almost to laying age when I got her. She got along with everyone else & didnt get picked on or anything as she was bigger than most. About two weeks she stopped going in the hen house, at night. We couldn't find her the first few days, then my son went to close the coop door one night, & found where she had been hiding. She was up in the tree that was by the door of the coop, couple of feet over my head! I worried as it was starting to get pretty cold. Tried to get her to go in every night but she wouldn't. She would go higher up when my son would try to get her. Unfortunately some predetor got her.
    That's the only one that's done that, thank goodness.
    Oh gosh I almost forgot WELCOME to BYC aissak!
    Last edited: Jan 2, 2013
  7. 1muttsfan

    1muttsfan Chicken Obsessed

    Mar 26, 2011
    Upper Peninsula Michigan
    Hi and welcome to BYC from northern Michigan [​IMG]

    Do you put her in each night?
  8. sumi

    sumi Égalité Staff Member

    Jun 28, 2011
    Rep of Ireland
    Hello and welcome to BYC [​IMG] Glad you joined us!

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