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Fighting chicken sisters!

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Hello & help! My two elderly sussex cross hens who have know each other their whole life ( they are sisters) have suddenly started fighting violently! They were always best friends and I don't know what to do. They are free range & have plenty to eat and do. Both of them are clucky- could this be something to do with it? Any ideas/advice?
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Has any other changes taken place in the coop?  It sounds like they are reestablishing pecking order.

"When raising chickens you must think like a chicken...NOT like a human!"

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"When raising chickens you must think like a chicken...NOT like a human!"

http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/how-to-prepare-for-emergencies-diseases-injuries-before-they-happen 

 

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Hi BrideBeliever, I do have a new Orpington & Red has been sleeping in the neighbours coop for a long time before that, but they always hung out together in the daytime with no problems so still puzzled...
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Adding even one new bird to the flock causes a "resorting" of the pecking order.  I think this is your answer and it should settle down again pretty soon.

"When raising chickens you must think like a chicken...NOT like a human!"

http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/how-to-prepare-for-emergencies-diseases-injuries-before-they-happen 

 

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"When raising chickens you must think like a chicken...NOT like a human!"

http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/how-to-prepare-for-emergencies-diseases-injuries-before-they-happen 

 

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Thanks for that, I hope so! I think Red & Mary are battling for dominance though neither of them were ever top dog among the combined flock of our 3 chickens & the neighbours' five. Maybe Red is jealous Mary has become great friends with Ebony Orpington?
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