Hi everyone I have a question. Yesterday my Easter Egger Hen was the first of our young flock to lay an egg. We have two Roo's and nine hens. Yes I know its not enough hens for two Roo's, but we are going to remedy that issue soon. My question is before Harmony laid the first egg every one was on very friendly terms no issues with anyone even the roos were basically on very friendly terms with one being happy in the background. This morning when I went out to let everyone out of the coop My Harmony girl who is always the first one to great me was not there and when the rest of the flock finally exited the coop she was still inside. I thought she couldn't be laying another egg already as she only laid her first at about 3 or 4 in the afternoon the day prior. Then when she tried to come out the flock wouldn't let her they were actually aggressive toward her running her away from the outside waterer and the treats. Our hen B who is the number one hen in their pecking order with Harmony being number two was actually very aggressive toward her chasing her down and not allowing her to eat treats even after I gave her her own treats seeing how she was being treated. They both have always gotten along never even had a quarrel. Then later when my husband and I left our two roos got into a fight and thankfully no major damage but some messed up feathers and bruised combs. The rest of the flock seemed to not be so aggressive this afternoon but B was still horrible to her. I am concerned about Harmony being hurt by them if they gang up on her as B is the leader of the group. Buttercup our back ground Roo who is actually the protector of the lower pecking order hens and even he was a bit aggressive toward her. I guess I am wondering if this sort of behavior is normal and if I can expect it to change when the other Hens start laying.Or should I separate B from the flock for a couple of days to see if I can stop the behavior.
Edited by lolli1103 - 3/2/16 at 11:35pm