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This is going to sound crazy, but in a way she is stiring up your flock for some reason, they don't want her part of that. When you removed her, did your flock calm down? If so,  you may have one bird too many for that set up. The flock is my primary guide, and if they are not happy, I change things until the majority is happy. Tension in a flock is sometimes hard to pick up on, until you remove the cause, then the peace becomes apparent.

 

If your flock was calmer and happier without her, I think that is the change I would make. The wrong dosage of prozac might just kill her.

 

Mrs K

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..... The wrong dosage of prozac might just kill her......

And, seriously, who knows if prozac would work on a chicken anyway.......

.....they're not even sure how it works with humans.

 

Giving animals human medication, especially one like that, is asking for trouble IMO.

Great article on VENTILATION, one of THE MOST IMPORTANT aspects of coop design.

Fantastic treatise to help decide how much SPACE your chickens need.

 

Chicken math is not just 'addition'...but also should include Division, Multiplication and especially Subtraction!!!

 

Quoting centrarchid:

"Make every effort to understand your chicken's biology and the environment that supports it."

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Great article on VENTILATION, one of THE MOST IMPORTANT aspects of coop design.

Fantastic treatise to help decide how much SPACE your chickens need.

 

Chicken math is not just 'addition'...but also should include Division, Multiplication and especially Subtraction!!!

 

Quoting centrarchid:

"Make every effort to understand your chicken's biology and the environment that supports it."

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I don't know if prozac would help or hurt, it's just the only thing I can think of to try before putting her down. I was hoping to find someone here that had tried it before. It works great on my cat, so I'm hopeful it may help her.
I have had up to 11 chickens at once, and now have 7 so I don't think the number of chickens is the problem. I've never removed her, but I've removed bullies before for a time. She's been picked on ever since I got another set of chickens after the first set she was a part of. I've actually rehomed 2 hens and a rooster bc of how badly they picked on her. She just acts so afraid that they really target her. I would love to be able to separate her with the others she does get along with, but my coop is built as one big area that opens into a run. It would be pretty hard to create separate living spaces in there with equal run area too. I'm going to try to talk my husband into trying it, but he has said she should have been put down a long time ago, so I don't know that I can convince him to do it.
She would honestly make a great house chicken, but my husband would never let that happen. That's what makes this such a hard decision, bc even though I know she's not happy, she still loves to be with me and get attention, and I'm pretty attached to her. Even my husband admits she's pretty cool.

2 Buff Orpingtons (Lucy and Harriet), 2 EEs (Martha and Agatha), 1 Isa Brown (Gladys), 1 Brahma (Bertha), 1 French Black Copper Marans (Polly), 1 Olive Egger (Penelope), 2 cats (Bubba and Henry), and 1 husband

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2 Buff Orpingtons (Lucy and Harriet), 2 EEs (Martha and Agatha), 1 Isa Brown (Gladys), 1 Brahma (Bertha), 1 French Black Copper Marans (Polly), 1 Olive Egger (Penelope), 2 cats (Bubba and Henry), and 1 husband

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