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I have a white leghorn hen she was raised by her self for a few months then i introduced her to two new chickens. And they are black silkies. At first she would peck and chase them but I figured it was a pecking order but it has been several months and she is still doing it. She does it when they come near her. Or just because she wants do. She pulls out lots of feathers of theirs. And I feel terrible because the silkies can't roam around in there run without being scared. What can i do to fix this?
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Leghorns are from a breed that tends to be aggressive.  I have four, and out of my flock, they are the most fearless and are the first to come to me for treats - in fact, they seem to insist on it!  Silkies are docile, so leghorns and silkies are not a good mix.   You may want to put her in a separate area to spare the silkies.  I don't think that the problem will go away because the pecking order is established.  She's at the top and they aren't.

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Okay thank you!!
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:welcome

 

How much space do your birds have? Are these all your birds?

 

If space is at least 10square feet per bird in the run, and 4 feet in the coop, and this behavior has been going on for months, you might want to make some management decisions. you can sell the Leghorn, or provide separate housing for her. Silkies are prone to get bossed around anyway, and Leghorns are a more assertive breed so the two don't always mix well. You gave it a good try, not it's time to try something else :)

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They have a run about 50 feet by 15 feet. And a large coop. I think k the problem is she just an agressive bird. And the silkies Are so docile and calm.@donrae
Edited by Raquel122 - 9/29/15 at 2:05pm
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Of course, if you want eggs, the leghorn will be a good producer.  Just depends on what you want.

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