Originally Posted by rossfam06
The blinders are for pecking. She likes to beat up on my bantam hen. But she's not alone. All the big girls have them because they all like to do it. Lol!!! So a week with these on should hopefully help her out.
She is a year and 3 months.
The bantams do seem to get the short end of the stick in pecking order politics. I've cycled through a lot of breeds to find compatible hens around my 2 Silkies. I was advised not to mix bantams with LF breeds and I learned the hard way. I won't get dual purpose or layer hens any more as they tend to be more combative and bullies toward the littles. I've narrowed it down to Breda hens (around 4 lbs) and pure APA Ameraucanas (around 5.5 lbs) as the only LFs that played nice with our Silkies. Of course the Ameraucanas (not EE) give pretty blue eggs although not our best layer but the Bredas lay a medium white egg and turned out a laying dynamo so we felt a little better about having to re-home all the heavy, dual purpose, or production breeds. I considered Peepers for our large hens to keep them from pecking but I read some reviews where the customers said their hens eventually learned how to maneuver around wearing the Peepers and still could feather-pick so I made the sad decision not to deal with the bullies and just re-homed them. I cycled through 14 chickens to get down to our compatible 4 hens we have now. It's been a challenge for us.
This is how one of our 2-lb Partridge Silkies got cannibalized by a 7-lb bully Marans in the coop at night before we realized the Silkie wasn't molting! The poor little dear even had her outer feathers pulled out! I can't imagine how painful it must've been for the little thing!
This is the same little Silkie (middle) before she lost all her fluffy crest, body feathers, AND comb to the bully Marans! The White Leghorn was nice to the Silkies for about 3 yrs but then she went bonkers on her flockmates and we had to re-home her too. I only get calmer small breeds now in lieu of popular LF layers.
In an evenly matched LF mixed flock I think an Alsteirer could hold her own in a group of dual purpose breeds. They look like a sturdy no-nonsense hen. I would love to have a group of dual purpose but DH loves his Silkies so I build the flock with compatibility in mind around the gentle littles.