In this article we’re going to talk about why your chicken is hiding in the corner
Here’s what else you’re going to discover
- Why your chicken is hiding (in detail)
- Signs of a sick chicken to look out for
- Do chickens just get stuck in the corner?
- Why your chicken is laying on one spot
So if you’re interested in learning about why your chicken is behaving in a way they usually wouldn’t and want a solution to this then you’re going to love this article
Let’s get started!
Why Is My Chicken Hiding In The Corner
When you see your chicken away from their flock and in a corner
This can be a cause of concern and of course make you worry
It’s not normal to see a chicken hiding in the corner
What’s the reason for this?
There are usually 3 reasons your chicken is hiding in the corner
Not Feeling Well
A chicken that is not feeling well would stay away from the flock and isolate themselves
So your chicken would go in the corner and stay there if they are feeling unwell
Being picked on
If your chicken is being picked on they would go hide away somewhere to get out of harms way and hide away from the bully
If a chicken is scared, it would be natural for them to hide somewhere and that can be in the corner
They could be scared of a predator such as a dog or a hawk
Talking about hawks check out my article – When do hawks hunt chickens?
That way you can keep your chickens safe if you have a good idea when hawks hunt
What Are Signs Of a Sick Chicken?
Here’s signs you need to look out for if you think your chicken is sick
- Hiding (As mentioned earlier hiding in the corner)
- Pale comb and wattles
- Hunched over
- Head tucked back
- Ruffled feathers
- Sleepy, lethargic and not active
If you notice any of these signs on your chickens you should take them to vet immediately
Check out my article – Chicken staying away from flock
How To Stop Bullying
If you notice your chicken is hiding in the corner due to being bullied then this needs to stop
You don’t want your chicken to spend all their time in the corner
This can cause stress which can lead to health complications
Question is – How do you stop bullying?
First thing you need to do is observe what exactly is going on?
Has there been any recent stressors for them?
Can you do anything to change or help them?
Try to keep your hens entertained
It could be boredom that is causing this anti-social stuff
Maybe you can try to entice them to go out each day just for a little while
Keeping them busy is not easy but can be done
Another thing you can do is throw some fresh straw and scratch into the coop to keep their minds off things
This can help take their minds away from any anti-social habits
Another tactic you can use to stop bullying is when you see a chicken bullying another you can use a water pistol and aim it at the bully to stop them in their tracks
This being done repeatedly can stop this behavior over time but you will need to spend a lot of time observing and dealing with all this behavior
Another method you can use and has been used successfully is the “pebble can”
Grab an old tin can, fill it up with pebbles, just a 1/3 of the can and tape it shut
Anytime you witness this bullying behavior, shake the can very hard!
The chickens will stop what they are doing to see what the noise is all about!
A good way of distracting the bully hen
If your chicken is hiding in the corner it can be a cause of concern
The 3 usually reasons is, sick, scared or being bullied
You need to find out what is causing your chicken to stay in the corner and address the problem as mentioned in this article