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Well if u quarantine her in a small space from the others u can easily catch her to socialize with her and maybe if u get her to calm down she won't peck at the other but is she a buff Orpington also as buff orpingtons are a calm gentle breed and if she is a diiferent bred she may have a different type of gentleness if u want to call it that and chickens Will actually peck birds that are more docile like the Silkie and Kept with maybe a Rhode Island Red they have a different temperament so they are gong to want to peck and hurt them until they kill of hurt them
That could be true but she just seems nastier than normal and i think some people have them get along fine so maybe mines just mean. Or someone told me she could just be a hormonal teenager right now and may settle down. I am hoping that's the cause because otherwise she may have to go she is a black australorp and almost always picks on the buff Orpingtons. Maybe is low in the pecking order and can't bully anyone but them or takes it out on them? We have another australorp and as far as i kmow, she is not a bully. So I'm not sure what is up with this one. I'll give her another chance and maybe try separating her once the new run gets built but sadly, if she doesn't improve she may have to go she has pecked me a lot too. I think it is just normal chicken behavior of liking shiny objects and sometimes she even acts scared of me so i don't know but she has pecked my gums last week and then yesterday my eye. And she pecked my albow hard once and made a mark
I would defiantly consider departing her for a while and let her be the new one to them flock and work her way back into the flock she should settle down then as it will give the others a chance to be heigher in the order so she will be lower or she can be the highest and if u don't have a rooster some hens will act as the rooster the hen will crow and lead the lady's just like a rooster would do so maybe that's what she is doing how old is she
Thanks! Right now we don't have a place to put her but we are starting work on the new coop today so when that's done, I'll just leave the old coop up and separate her for a week or so. Hopefully that will put her in her place. Not sure if I should move her first and se if the change of territory helps or if I should move the others, lock her up, then move her so they can establish it as theirs? If she is acting like a roo, she is doing a very poor job and I'd probably get rid of that roo haha my Barred Rock, May, sometimes leads the flock around and leads them to me and is very bold and somewhat acts like a roo sometimes and she is nice. They are I think 24 or 25 weeks old.
I may try that plastic fencing ro keep my chickens out of certain areas of the woods. I dont mind them on our property but they like to get close to the neighbors and I dont want them to.
Also on the note of training chickens, is it possible to train a mean chicken? She bullies the others and even pecks me. She'll fly out of no where to attack the buff orps. And has pecked me in both the gums and the eye. Now with that it could have just been the shiny object thing chickens have but stil l she seems a little scared of me sometmes and i dont blame her because i always assume she is mean and chase her away or am extra cautious, or used to be,but still.
Our rabbit fencing has been so successful for 5 years I can wholeheartedly recommend it if you have the gentle patience to remove the hens from the wrong side of the fence until they understand the barrier is not to be crossed. Or you could use taller chicken net fencing like on the Omelet website:
https://www.omlet.us/ or similar netting sold in hardware stores or online.
You know, I've had so many nice chickens that I don't have the inclination to work with a snotty hen. All 13 of the chickens we tried in the last 5 years have not been nasty to humans but I had 3 that were horrible to their flockmates. At first we tried to work with one of our favourite White Leghorns that had been nice for 3 years as flock leader and then went bonkers on her flockmates. We gave her a chance to settle down but reluctantly re-homed her before she got more aggressive.
Then we had to re-home a Buff Leghorn who only at one year of age turned cannibalistic toward the gentler docile breeds and we didn't wait but immediately re-homed her to an egg-seller's flock.
We had a mean Cuckoo Marans who plucked off the feathers of Silkies on the roost and when she outright viciously attacked a little Silkie pullet in the yard, the Marans was re-homed immediately.
After these 3 bad attitude hens I no longer get heritage or dual purpose popular breeds because they are more assertive and heavier than our gentler docile breeds. I have gentle oddball varieties of chickens that are gentle and get along with each other now. They aren't prolific egg layers like Legs, RIRs, BRs, Wyans, Marans, Orps, Lorps, etc, but we get enough eggs from our gentle breeds for just the two of us - our happy little quad consists of two Silkies, a Breda, and a Blue Wheaten Ameraucana. None of them are "production" layers, are all 5-lb-&-under breeds, but supply us with more eggs than we need, They peacefully share a 4x4 Barn Coop. Surprisingly our Silkies are great layers of good-sized eggs for bantams.
AMERAUCANA BLUE EGG 2.3 OZ -- BREDA WHITE EGG 1.75 OZ -- SILKIE TINTED EGG 1.25 OZ
LINE-UP OF EGGS -- MARANS (brown egg), WHITE LEGHORN (white egg), BUFF LEGHORN (tinted egg), 3 SILKIE EGGS ( 3 tinted eggs to far right - not a bad size for bantam eggs )
We as owners all have different situations, environments, breeds, and expectations, so sometimes it takes personal experimenting to find what works best for us. I like your net fencing idea for containing your foraging chickens but be aware that the netting will not be safe against predators. Some owners in rural areas use electric fencing for predator protection. GL!
Almost all the hens picked on the bantams (I had 3) but that isa red was their buddy. When I put the black one (not a bantam) in with the other hens she was really bullied. She was rooster damaged so timid anyway but now she is in the middle and pecks back. She is even getting used to me in the coop and stands her ground when I approach her on the roost to look for eggs etc.. The most aggressive one is, I believe, a production red with full comb. She's not mean but isn't afraid of me and will hop right up on my arm to get the corn. She is really interested in the chicks so could either be a potential threat to them or a brood mom. Time will tell I guess :-) I'm really looking forward to getting them all out and running around the run. I have 9 or 10 breeds now plus the turkeys. They will be a colorful flock I think :-)