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I have a similar problem. We have 9 Rhode Island reds and one chicken has been sniffling quite a bit lately. I'm guessing it might have a cold? But all my hens get together and bully this hen. They mount her and peck at her neck. At night she sleeps by herself, and when we let them free range the bullied hen secludes itself away from the group. The bullied hen has been looking a bit thin lately. What should I do plz help.
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Originally Posted by calichickenn View Post


Unfortunately my dad says that we can't for some reason. I don't understand why, but he says that they "need to work it out on their own". I don't think she'll live if they keep treating her like this.


That is really sad.  "Working it out on their own" without proper introduction can easily end up with her being killed or badly injured.  It's a very hard road for a single new bird.  It is never easy to integrate a single new bird, but it can certainly be done if one is willing to invest a little time and effort for the sake of the bird.  Maybe it would be best to return her to the feed store as well, if they are willing to take her. 

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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I'm asking now if the OP is old enough, has standing in the family, and can make that decision to return the new hen to where it was obtained. If an animal can't be properly cared for, it's only humane to remove it from the abusive environment.

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I have a similar problem. We have 9 Rhode Island reds and one chicken has been sniffling quite a bit lately. I'm guessing it might have a cold? But all my hens get together and bully this hen. They mount her and peck at her neck. At night she sleeps by herself, and when we let them free range the bullied hen secludes itself away from the group. The bullied hen has been looking a bit thin lately. What should I do plz help.


Yours isn't at all the same as the original thread. From what you describe, your hen is isolating herself because she's sick. Chickens are very alert to any among them who are not well, and they instinctively pick on that chicken and sometimes will injure or kill it. It's nature's way of protecting the genetics of the flock.

 

What you need to do is isolate your hen for her own safety and also so the others don't get sick from what is making this one sick. It could be a respiratory illness, either a bacteria which could respond to antibiotics or a virus which won't do much for it.

 

Unless you have an avian vet who could look at your sick hen, I tend to recommend dosing with an antibiotic on the off chance bacteria is involved and it might just make her better.

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