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So I free range my hens during the day and they always go back in their coop at sunset and i lock them in. I was late getting home from dinner and I found "ms Zebra" roosting in a tree. I panicked because I don't want her to be a coyote treat so I was able to get a stick to push her out. Anyone know why

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they do that? She was also hesitant about going back in the coop. Almost like she got into a fight and was avoiding going back in....
 

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Sounds like she is at the bottom of the pecking order and is not welcome in the coop. You might have to herd them into the coop a few minutes earlier than they normally go to make sure 'ms Zebra’ gets inside. May be a temporary thing and she just needs to find her own roosting place inside the coop.
I have one that is not allowed on the roost pole sometime and she will sleep in a nest for a night or so. Then everything is OK again and she’s back with the rest.
 

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I have 7 hens and a rooster that sleep in one of my trees. Its nature, it gets dark and they find a place to roost. She may just prefer the tree.
 
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