Edited by MrsBrightSide - 4/13/16 at 6:31pm
I hate to keep posting in here... but I am totally at a loss.
Here is what I have done:
1.) Increased feed to 20% protein crumbles
2.) Increased free ranging time to half the day
I am not against increasing their run size, we are just trying to figure out how to do it on a tight budget so I have just let them free range as much as possible. However, it seems to be getting worse. The smallest of the bunch with the most feather pecking has been hiding out in one of the nesting boxes practically all day long.... even when the coop is open for free ranging. I thought maybe she was broody but today I noticed she is missing feathers all the way up her neck and she never sits on the side that actually has eggs in it. When I observed her interacting in the flock today multiple other hens were pecking her as soon as she got close.
I have read quite a few articles on stopping bullying but none are consistent. Does it make more sense to seclude the bully or the one being bullied? I am thinking in a metal dog crate... but is that secure enough outside at night from predators? Please help! I am afraid I am going to just have to get rid of them at this point since I can't even pinpoint one bully.
Thank you! I appreciate truthful. I don't need anything candy coated. So at this point you are saying you don't think the "run extension" you mentioned previously will be enough?
I would need to do an entire redo to my coop? I just found her in the nesting box at 8:45pm here... so I am assuming she is not even sleeping. I just want them to be happy... the only reason we built the coop we did is because the instructions on this site said it was suitable for 5-8 hens... not because we were too uncaring to provide them with what they needed.
Thank you! That is really helpful! We will utilize the measurements for sure. We will definitely do something tomorrow. I am struggling most with figuring out how to get them access to more space but still have it be secured at night? Is it possible to make something that just leads out to a semi-secured pen area during the day but can keep the coop secured at night? Anyway, thank you, thank you, thank you! I do so appreciate your help and support!