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I have a pecking order problem

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A month ago we introduced 10 new birds to our flock 5 ameraucana chicks and 5 jersey giants they were 2 months old when we brought them home I put them in their own pen at night after the other chickens were asleep I kept them in their pen for 3 days to acclimate everyone has gotten along just fine except the smallest jersey giant she looks beat up and sleeps under where the other chickens roost she often has poop on her and is often the last chicken back in the coup. I cant tel if she is sick or just beaten down she dose not have any fluid or raspy breath I don't think she has poopy butt so im at a loss. any help would be appreciated.   

post #2 of 6
She could have something developmentally wrong with her, or she just might be the bottom bird. You might need more areas for them to roost, or places for her to get away and not be harassed.
Chickens, muscovy ducks, turkeys, donkeys , goats, dogs, fish, parakeets, a parrot, and a cat.

Chickens and dogs are healing to the soul.

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Some of my birds.
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Chickens, muscovy ducks, turkeys, donkeys , goats, dogs, fish, parakeets, a parrot, and a cat.

Chickens and dogs are healing to the soul.

I brake for squirrels.

Some of my birds.
http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/my-wisconsin-flock
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I have 50 liner ft of roosting space and a 200 square foot coup  they free range all day most of the time but have been cooped up lately  because of the weather and she is the bottom bird for sure.  I guess if she is developmentally  small is she worth keeping?

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That would be your decision, if you have all that roost space I would suspect something is wrong with her to be sleeping on the floor, and often other chickens will pick at a sick bird in an attempt to drive it out or kill it, so I personally would take some time to quietly watch to see if it's not acting right, sometimes there's something internally wrong that we can't see.
Chickens, muscovy ducks, turkeys, donkeys , goats, dogs, fish, parakeets, a parrot, and a cat.

Chickens and dogs are healing to the soul.

I brake for squirrels.

Some of my birds.
http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/my-wisconsin-flock
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Chickens, muscovy ducks, turkeys, donkeys , goats, dogs, fish, parakeets, a parrot, and a cat.

Chickens and dogs are healing to the soul.

I brake for squirrels.

Some of my birds.
http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/my-wisconsin-flock
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How is she acting otherwise, during the day?  Is she out and about, foraging, eating/drinking and active? 

wife to long suffering husband who has built more miles of fence, barns, coops and enclosures then one man should have to, two teenage boys, current flock of 13 assorted hens, 1 big red roo and a list of other assorted farm animals. 
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wife to long suffering husband who has built more miles of fence, barns, coops and enclosures then one man should have to, two teenage boys, current flock of 13 assorted hens, 1 big red roo and a list of other assorted farm animals. 
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She is often alone and dose leave the coup but lacks the spunk the other chicks have I think I'm going to give her some minerals and sugar water and pen her up for a while to see if she perks up.
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