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Chicken Aggression?!?

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Hi everyone! So, I have three hens. Up until recently, my New Hampshire Red, Piper, was always the leader of the flock, but it seems as if she has been bumped down to the bottom, and now my Sicillian Buttercup, Maple, is flock leader. It's strange that she is now the leader because she is very small and skittish. Anyway, I would usually have no problem with this except that now Maple is being very aggressive towards Piper. She is plucking out Piper's head feathers, and Piper has a few cuts right on the top of her head. Poor Piper doesn't know what to do with Maple's newfound ferocity! Please let me know how I can help the situation. Thanks!

I have 5 hens, 2 goats (1 nigerian dwarf & 1 african pygmy), 2 dogs, 2 cats, 3 pet rats, 2 cockatiels, 6 parakeets and I love them all SOOOO much!
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I have 5 hens, 2 goats (1 nigerian dwarf & 1 african pygmy), 2 dogs, 2 cats, 3 pet rats, 2 cockatiels, 6 parakeets and I love them all SOOOO much!
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They may be establishing a pecking order
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Remove Maple from the flock for a few days, say a week. When reintroducing her she should be a little lower on the rung and will hopefully stop the bullying behaviour. Otherwise you can try pinless peepers or poultry blinders, see here:

 

http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/144815/pinless-peeper-poultry-blinders

 

Good luck!

 

“Listen to the mustn'ts, child. Listen to the don'ts. Listen to the shouldn'ts, the impossibles, the won'ts. Listen to the never haves, then listen close to me... Anything can happen, child. Anything can be.” 

 

~ Shel Silverstein
 

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“Listen to the mustn'ts, child. Listen to the don'ts. Listen to the shouldn'ts, the impossibles, the won'ts. Listen to the never haves, then listen close to me... Anything can happen, child. Anything can be.” 

 

~ Shel Silverstein
 

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Originally Posted by sumi View Post

Remove Maple from the flock for a few days, say a week. When reintroducing her she should be a little lower on the rung and will hopefully stop the bullying behaviour. Otherwise you can try pinless peepers or poultry blinders, see here:

 

http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/144815/pinless-peeper-poultry-blinders

 

Good luck!

 

I totally agree with this.  And it works!  Sometimes a low rung chicken will get some power and become a bully because they are drunk with it.  They just need to be knocked down a peg.  Its one of the reasons I keep a roo.  Some roos will break up fights between hens.  One of my best roos fought of my older hens from killing the newly introduced 3 month old pullets.  he kept the peace and policed the flock.

A Greyhound and a Cat currently run my life.

 

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A Greyhound and a Cat currently run my life.

 

 "Because right now, this is a job. If I advance any higher, this would be my career. And if this were my career, I'd have to throw myself in front of a train."    ♫ ♪ ♪ ♫

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Thank you for the feedback, everyone. The idea of removing her from the flock sounds ideal, but, unfortunately, we don't have a second coop, so no one can be removed from the flock. Any other ideas? I will try and do more research on the poultry blinders.

I have 5 hens, 2 goats (1 nigerian dwarf & 1 african pygmy), 2 dogs, 2 cats, 3 pet rats, 2 cockatiels, 6 parakeets and I love them all SOOOO much!
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I have 5 hens, 2 goats (1 nigerian dwarf & 1 african pygmy), 2 dogs, 2 cats, 3 pet rats, 2 cockatiels, 6 parakeets and I love them all SOOOO much!
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See if someone can lend you a dog crate.  I use dog crates to keep birds separated.  They are large enough for them to move around.

A Greyhound and a Cat currently run my life.

 

 "Because right now, this is a job. If I advance any higher, this would be my career. And if this were my career, I'd have to throw myself in front of a train."    ♫ ♪ ♪ ♫

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A Greyhound and a Cat currently run my life.

 

 "Because right now, this is a job. If I advance any higher, this would be my career. And if this were my career, I'd have to throw myself in front of a train."    ♫ ♪ ♪ ♫

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