Originally Posted by amyclatt
I am a new chicken owner (got 6 of them 3 weeks ago thursday) at Murray McMurrays. We got started pullets Barred rocks and they are beautiful. One became a bully, plucking everyones feathers so we decided they all were going to get peepers.
I held them in a towel while the hubby put them on with just his fingers. We softened the plastic with hot water and it worked great. One was a pain but after that first one it was seconds and they all had them on. We did not want to use the pliers because we were afraid we would hurt them. The hot water made it extremely easy. I know its 2014 put I seen this on here and wanted to put my thoughts on it. I love this site. Great information for us chicken people :)
Well, it's now 2015 and I am responding to you. LOL I'm glad you posted because I don't just have 1 bully to subdue but 5. I took in a stray hen that neighbors brought to me because they didn't know where she belonged and I am the only one in the neighborhood who keeps chickens. Needless to say, I couldn't refuse to take her; it is just too cold and she will freeze or get eaten by predators. I can tell she is healthy. She is clean, no lice or mites, well fed, eyes clear, eating, drinking, and cooing/clucking softly. She is also very sweet and timid. That is the problem because my 5 girls (especially my favorite hen) are pecking at her and running her off away from them. If the weather were a bit warmer I would just let nature take it's course and she would be the lowest on pecking order but I am too afraid she will freeze or they will starve her out. She is so frightened by them.
So I had an idea. My sister gave me a young rooster who is just beginning to get his spurs because I lost my Roo, Charlie, in the fall to a weasel. I was going to wait til Spring for the Roo, but he was getting beat up by my sister's other roosters and needed a new home now anyway. I figured if I put the Roo and new hen together in very large dog crate (our old German Shepherd's) in garage for a couple days (so they could bond) and then put them both in the coop at the same time, she might gain some protection with him. Didn't work out that way. He abandoned her and the girls accepted him. Now they all shun her and will run her off pecking at her. They have not drawn blood, but they are definitely not accepting her. So I bring her in in early evening so she can eat and stay warm at night.
Since it was not just one hen, I nearly dismissed the peepers until I saw that you put them on all your hens. So, I will give it a couple days to warm up so that she won't be in danger of freezing when I introduce her back in, but if they haven't accepted her in another week, then the 5 of them will get Peepers!!! Thanks so much for posting.