Why do some chickens run away?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by AbbysSilkies, Oct 20, 2017.

  1. AbbysSilkies

    AbbysSilkies Chirping

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    Hello!
    I have 8 resident birds and 10 chicks, 5 of whom I’ll keep. I’ve noticed something that troubles me. Of our 8 resident birds, we have one guinea, 4 laying hens and 3 silkies. 7 of them are extremely loyal but the alpha silkie, if let out of the coop, darts into the forest as far as he can go. In the chicks I’ve noticed a similar pattern. 9 of them, as well as the 3 we lost to a snake, were sweethearts! They all will either sit on my shoulder or circle around me. One of them was even attacked by the guinea, and the chick was unfazed and just sat on my feet after I shooed the guinea away. We have one chick, however, who runs away every chance it gets! It takes hours to catch it. I’m not keeping that chick, but it reminded me of the silkie. I’d like to let them free range a bit, how Can I train the silkie not to run away?
    Also, the silkie will sit nicely in my lap when out of the coop but if I let them go that’s when the issue occurs
     
  2. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Rolling Down The River

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    Sounds like they have favorite spots they like to go when out. Some birds travel father away from the coop and some stay close. It's an individual trait. Some chickens like to hang out with people and some don't.

    Is the running silkie a hen or rooster?
     
  3. AbbysSilkies

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    Rooster, I’m just worried because he likes to go down near the road :( is there any way to train him to stay closer or should i accept his fate as a “in coop” chicken?
     
  4. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Rolling Down The River

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    Is he your only rooster? Sometimes submissive roosters keep their distance from a dominant rooster.
     
  5. AbbysSilkies

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    No, there’s another rooster that is three months old but this rooster is definitely the dominant one now, though the guinea does bully him, as he does to everyone else
     
  6. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Rolling Down The River

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    Than I think he just likes the woods.
     
  7. AbbysSilkies

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    Ok, thanks
     

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