Well I Am Very Confused I Told Before I Got A 4-6 Month Old Hen And Roo Bearded Silkie And A 4-6 Week Old Female Bearded Silkie And I Have A Tub That Is Holding My 4-6 Week Old Silkie Female Bearded My Non-Bearded Male Silkie , My Male Millie D'uccle, And My Three Cochins, and 3 or 4 productive reds? And I Went Out There To Clean And Feed Them And My Female Bearded Silkie Is Balling Up, Pecking, And Chest Budding And Fighting With My Male Millie D'uccle? Is That Normal Or Is She Agressive She Does Attack All The Other Ones In The Tub But Then It Stops Then She Does It Again, What Should I Do? She Is The One Egging It On Not My Male. If Anyone Can Help Me With Some Info Soon As Possibly I Will Be Great Full.
I don't tolerate bullies of any breed. I isolate the bully and if it's really a mean bird, we re-home it. I had a sick Silkie in the house for a week last week. When we released her back into the flock like normal she started to attack the two large fowl -- she needed to re-assert her position in the flock. We held their heads down to the ground to subdue the fighting but it continued throughout the day - little squabbles and feather-flying but after a couple days the Silkie has calmed down and no longer is confronting the two large fowl who by now are paying no attention to her. My birds are gentle temperament birds but some pecking order still has to go on. Check that you have enough space per bird where you pen them, have "chicken toys" for them, doghouses to hide in, tree stumps or chairs to jump onto, etc, to keep them busy to help them leave each other alone. If you think a bird is so aggressive that you believe injury may occur then by all means isolate the bully. You'll have to be your own judge as you know your own birds best. You get a feel for what's right after some time spent with them. In the past I've had some ultra-vicious larger fowl bullies and re-homed them - now I keep only 5-lb-&-under breeds so there's less chance of injury during pecking order politics.