Tonight while the chickens (3 1/2 months old) were getting ready for bed lol, I went in the coop and held the new girl that was introduced a couple of weeks ago. She sqawked a bit as she is not used to being held, and one of the top hens (possibly the top hen) came over, hackles up, and started pecking and attacking the hen I was holding. I wasn't sure what to do, so I lightly tapped her head until she walked off. I did the same when she came back, and after a few taps, she left. What should I have done, and why did she do that? The roo was up on the roost, unconcerned.
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6/21/12 at 7:53pm