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PostPosted: Sat Mar 23, 2019 9:01 pm 
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We got a bunch of chickens as day old chicks at the end of October and the first of them has just started laying this week. Since she started laying, she won't sleep with the others in the coop anymore, she is now sleeping underneath it in the sheltered part of the run. What's up with her? Is she ok? She seems otherwise healthy, during the day she runs around and is still social with the others, although less so than others. We did have another chicken die a few weeks ago after her legs stopped working, but she had a twisted neck at the start. This hen appears to be fine, just a bedtime loner.


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PostPosted: Wed Mar 27, 2019 7:49 am 
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How much perch room would you say there is per chicken? How many cm per chook? And how big are the chooks?

Any signs that she’s being pecked or picked on?

I’ve only got three chooks but none of them sleep in the coop in the warmer months. One started sleeping on a perch in the outdoor part of the chook house and the other two joined her. They all return to the coop in the winter. My coop has good ventilation but I guess they still prefer to be outside.

What is the ventilation like in your coop and how big is it?

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PostPosted: Wed Mar 27, 2019 8:36 am 
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I say because she has matured early, they may be picking on her a little. Once all start laying she'll possibly join them on the perch again

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