Pecking order violence

By geepers6 · Mar 24, 2014 · ·
  1. geepers6
    I have 4 Buff Orpingtons and 2 Barred Rocks. I had to take one of the Barred Rocks inside because she was being picked on and had a fairly large bloody wound.
    All of the chickens were pecking at her at that point. Now the other Barred Rock is showing signs of being attacked. Only one of my Buffs does not have any pecking
    evidence. I don't know what to do. Right now the second Barred Rock is in the house also. They can't go in together because the the second one pecks at the first one
    and even tore her comb recently.
    Here's my questions. Do I remove the obvious bully from the coop area and leave the the three Buffs that are still uninjured? I can't see a time when the Barred Rock
    that was originally hurt can rejoin the others.
    My coop is larger than necessary and they have a 15 x 30 fenced in run for the winter. The snow has prevented them from being able to get around much.
    Can anyone help me with this problem. Thank you.

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  1. Gallina Sarda
    I would separate the "bully" from the rest. Keeping the aggressor away from the flock for a week & then reintroducing her to the flock may put the bully at the bottom of the pecking order and calm things down. Are the Barred Rocks new to the flock? If yes, then maybe a slower introduction to the rest of the established flock might be a good idea (once head wound is healed). Some people make a partition in their coop so that new members can see the rest of the flock but cannot be picked on. This way they can become accustomed to one another beore being completely integrated into the flock. Good luck
  2. geepers6
    We raised all 6 chickens last spring. Everything seemed fine until about 3 weeks ago. The smaller barred rock seemed to be the leader originally. One of the buffs is in charge now. She doesn't have one pecked feather.
    I appreciate your advice. I will isolate the buff and see how it goes vt hank you very much.
  3. mrchicks
    I'm going to agree with Gallina Sarda. The bully needs to be removed for awhile. We had the same problem with our 2 buffs, they were attacking our Marans and Eggers. They were all raised together but the Buff's just started being nasty to everyone else.
  4. geepers6
    Any thoughts on re-introducing the barred rocks once they're healed? The social dynamics of chickens are challenging. Thank you for yor advice.
  5. Gallina Sarda
    Can you keep them physically apart but still able to see each other (through a divider)? I'd try a week that way and then let the main flock into the Barred Rock's area - so it's almost like the main flock is "visiting" the neighbors instead of letting the BRs into the main flock's area. It's tough watching a dominant chicken "pick" on another one but sometimes you've got to let them establish the pecking order on their own (of course when you see blood it's probably time to intervene). Let us know how it works out for you - and your girls
  6. MyLittleRedCoop
    I have used a dog kennel in the coop to keep mine apart when re-introducing a chicken to the flock with good success. The medium or large sized one provides room to move. And the wire front makes a good place to clip water and food. Good luck!

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