help! New hen attacking cockerel
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I can only suggest to keep him in his own space with food and water till he's a little bigger. Monitor the amount of water/feed he has to see if he is indeed eating. Hopefully in a few wks or so he'll be ruling the coop like this never happened.
Hey guys we are new to chicken keeping we had a hen and another bird meant to also be a hen turned out to be a cockerel. We decided to get 2 more new hens all silkies all are very similar age. We introduced them gradually all seemed fine. But one hen attacked our cockerel she really has a problem with him. He dosent fight back though he only started crowing every now n then a few weeks ago n hasn't developed 100% yet. His crow is more like a squeal. Anyone since this attack he won't eat or drink and seems really down. There was no blood or evidence of injury. She was jumping on his back n going for his head. We've separated them n not left them alone since. Buy we are worried he is gonna die. We don't understand how one fight has left him so listless. He was walking around fine last night but not eating or drinking. Today he's no better
Do you have multiple feeders? It could be that the hen that attacked him is now the 'boss', and she won't let him near the feed. When introducing birds over 10 weeks old, you need to have lots and lots of space, and multiple food and water stations. Separation only makes the integration more difficult. It is also possible that the new birds brought in some sort of illness, or a new strain of coccidia that your cockerel hasn't been exposed to before.