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I have a Blue Andalusian hen, named Stormy that has just reached laying age. She's always been flighty, hard to catch and not very friendly.

Today Stormy layed her egg, left her nest, and then viciously attacked my Red Star, Honey, who was quietly nesting a few boxes away. She was pecking and scratching terribly and then began mating her like a rooster. Honey finally ran off to another nest but Stormy attacked her there also and she fled the coop. Stormy left the coop as well. After a minute or two, Honey went back in to a different nest and Stormy attacked her again. I intervened at that point by removing Stormy and guarding the coop till Honey was done.

I don't understand it because Stormy is not broody and didn't want either of the nests, plus she had already layed her egg without ceremony. She doesn't set on the eggs. She just wouldn't let Honey into any of the nests. She does not bother Honey outside of the coop.
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You might try some pinless peepers on Stormy, they would prevent her from seeing what's directly in front of her (which today was Honey). If you put pinless peepers in the Search box in the upper left corner of the screen you should see posts about them.

 

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I would keep her separated for a week or so and see what happens. If she still acted aggressive, separate again. Then if still bad, I would rehome her. It's not worth having a big bully around. Stresses everybody out. Good luck!
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Welcome to BYC and the coop! There's a lot of great peeps here! Feel free to ask lots of questions. But most of all, make yourself at home. I'm so glad you decided to joined the BYC family. I look forward to seeing you around BYC. My girls get cranky during winter. They usually start picking on one or the other. I'll tie apples (that have been cored) on string just out of reach. They use up all their aggression and extra energy eating the apples, so they leave eachother alone. A head of cabbage is also good to use. Good luck with your girls!
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Hi and a warm welcome to BYC. You already have great advice so I'll just say a big hello.

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Welcome to BYC.  Maybe she has reasons (hormonal ??? or otherwise)  but, she just sounds psycho to me.   

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Originally Posted by BirdiesNBunnies View Post

I have a Blue Andalusian hen, named Stormy that has just reached laying age. She's always been flighty, hard to catch and not very friendly.

Today Stormy layed her egg, left her nest, and then viciously attacked my Red Star, Honey, who was quietly nesting a few boxes away. She was pecking and scratching terribly and then began mating her like a rooster. Honey finally ran off to another nest but Stormy attacked her there also and she fled the coop. Stormy left the coop as well. After a minute or two, Honey went back in to a different nest and Stormy attacked her again. I intervened at that point by removing Stormy and guarding the coop till Honey was done.

I don't understand it because Stormy is not broody and didn't want either of the nests, plus she had already layed her egg without ceremony. She doesn't set on the eggs. She just wouldn't let Honey into any of the nests. She does not bother Honey outside of the coop.

 

 

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I would keep her separated for a week or so and see what happens. If she still acted aggressive, separate again. Then if still bad, I would rehome her. It's not worth having a big bully around. Stresses everybody out. Good luck!


I agree with Hholly, try "time out" but if that don't work it's time to rehome.  Good luck

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