strange habits

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by beeksnfeet, Jan 12, 2014.

  1. beeksnfeet

    beeksnfeet Chillin' With My Peeps

    209
    6
    83
    Jun 29, 2012
    IL/WI border
    A few weeks ago, I posted a thread about aggressive behavior with one of our white plymouth rocks. I have kept her seperated for 2 1/2 weeks and went to reintroduce her the girls she had been brutal to. Long story short....not only did I NOT return her, I added the other White Plymouth Rock to her cell in 'Cluckatraze'. Now both of them are far away from the 3 Buff Orps. I witessed Nuggett's new cell mate try to peck the eyes out of my biggest Buff, who is so dicile and sweet. Then Pattie attacked me hard. The littlest Buff had blood on her back right where her new feathers were growing back so I tended to her and did not find a wound, only a few more broken feathers. The middle Buff Edith just seems skiddish now, where she was not before. None of them have layed an egg since the seperation a few weeks back except the one that was removed. They others just sort of stopped. Weather had been unbearable. -19 degrees last Monday morning, and that's without the wind chill. They are all protected from the eliments so that is not the issue. There was a huge difference in the Buff's behavior when I removed the other Rock. They seemed to sort of relax, if you will. Margo, the biggest took to the oatmeal I brought them right away. She usually stayed back and just watched as the others would eat but not this time. Then, the others joined her and they all ate without any pecking at each other. Now when I went to put them up for the night, 2 of the Buffs are sleeping in the nesting boxes and one is outside in the run sleeping on the roost! There is a roost inside for them but now they don't seem to want it. I guess my question is this, is it ok for Margo to sleep outside on that roost during the night? The run is well made and protected with plastic sheeting to keep rain and snow out, but I am still uncomfortable with her spending the night out there. Any ideas???
     
  2. Happy Chooks

    Happy Chooks Moderator Staff Member

    39,653
    1,177
    516
    Jul 9, 2009
    Northern CA
    My Coop
    I would put the one that's trying to roost outside in the coop every night. She's probably being bullied off the roost in the coop.
     
  3. beeksnfeet

    beeksnfeet Chillin' With My Peeps

    209
    6
    83
    Jun 29, 2012
    IL/WI border
    Thanks. I did that last night and so far so good today. Now that the other two are in a different area, she is the more dominant of the three. Poor thing probably just didn't realize she COULD use the roost inside with the bullies out of the way!
     
  4. beeksnfeet

    beeksnfeet Chillin' With My Peeps

    209
    6
    83
    Jun 29, 2012
    IL/WI border
    Went out to close the 3 girls up tonight & there she was again, Margo, alone, on the roost outside of the coop in the dark. I picked her up and put her in the coop with the other 2 Buffs and locked them up for the night. I don't know how long she has been doing this without us ever noticing her out there. I feel horrible. Any suggestions on how I get her to start going back in the coop on her own?
     
  5. ChickenLegs13

    ChickenLegs13 Chillin' With My Peeps

    1,401
    171
    143
    Sep 4, 2013
    Lower Alabama
    Remove the roost from the run.
     
  6. beeksnfeet

    beeksnfeet Chillin' With My Peeps

    209
    6
    83
    Jun 29, 2012
    IL/WI border
    Duh.... Sometimes I swear my mother dropped me on my head when I was little. So obvious, right infront of my face......I Thank you.:p
     
  7. ChickenLegs13

    ChickenLegs13 Chillin' With My Peeps

    1,401
    171
    143
    Sep 4, 2013
    Lower Alabama
    Heehe. ;)
     

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by