Desperate for help. We have 8 hens (Golden Comets x 2, Easter Eggers x 4, White Leghorn x 1, Black Copper x 1) and a very gentle good rooster (Easter Egger). All free range all day long. We noticed our Black Copper Marans staying in the nesting box all day about a week ago. We thought she was getting a little broody but she herself was not laying eggs, just laying on the others but would move from box to box sometimes sitting on no eggs at all. I picked her up today and monitored her in front of the food. The other hens started immediate torture, constant pecking. The rooster seemed to try to get in between them but was more passive than I would have liked. If we open the nesting box she starts shaking, she is def. scared. What can I do, I don't want to lose her. Prior to this last week they all did great together! What could have changed?
Edited by kfaye4 - 5/16/16 at 7:04pm