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    Need help with bossy and pecky barred rock

    You make a good point about retraining the bully. I didn't look at it this way until you mentioned it. As for the treats, I guess I have a bunch of spoiled chickens.
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    Need help with bossy and pecky barred rock

    I don't hand feed but scatter treats on the ground. The hand feeding was just for the bullied hen for a couple of days but it didn't work since all of them enjoy being hand fed apparently including the bully.
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    Need help with bossy and pecky barred rock

    I looked into that and was just wondering if only the bully hen needs to wear them or all the flock members. I would worry about the others pecking at the bully's pinless peepers and possibly her face if she's the only one wearing them.
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    Need help with bossy and pecky barred rock

    Yes, I've held her down too but haven't pecked or pulled feathers at the same time. Will try it! Before that, I was just pushing her away but that didn't work.
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    Need help with bossy and pecky barred rock

    I have a 6×12 run for 5 birds with a 4×6 attached coop. They also get enclosed "free range" time within a 12×24 fenced in area with supervision since we have a lot of predators where we live. Right now, the 2 feeders and 1 waterer are working but I might increase it if necessary. Just using...
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    Need help with bossy and pecky barred rock

    Ok, that sounds like a clear plan! But I think I'm going to need to hold off on any quarantining until this winter storm and its accompanying frigid temperatures pass. I looked into the pinless peepers but not sure if I want to go that way just yet. Been observing my chickens and the picked...
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    Need help with bossy and pecky barred rock

    All very good suggestions. Thank you! I might do the time out but just during the day during a warmer part of the day. But I'm confused...you said the bossy hen should be in sight or out of sight of the other hens when in tome out? Perhaps I should provide some visual barriers in the run...
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    Need help with bossy and pecky barred rock

    I'm not sure since it's quite large and the coop is only 4'×6'. If I put it in the middle, it would block access to the chicken door, nesting boxes and roosts. I worry about her getting chilly, especially at night, since she won't be able to huddle together with the other hens or move around...
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    Need help with bossy and pecky barred rock

    I have 5 hens all very sweet but my barred rock, as of late, has become very bossy and pushy with two of my other chickens and me. She started laying 2 1/2 weeks ago which is when I think the naughty behavior started. She gives me an egg a day and is my daughter's favorite chicken so I'm...
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    Give up on chicken laying in nesting boxes?

    I use wheat straw. Well, she's been laying in the nesting boxes the ladt 3 eggs at least so maybe she's growing to like them.
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    Give up on chicken laying in nesting boxes?

    Thanks for the advice. Well, she layed again today under the roost so I will be putting a crate or something similar under the roost and covering it with some kind of board. Hopefully, she'll lay inside of it!
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    Give up on chicken laying in nesting boxes?

    That feed bucket photo is a hoot! Well, my chickens just started laying and I’ve never had chickens before so I have no way to compare to laying during longer days. The boxes were kind of dim but now they’re a bit darker with the curtains. My other hen that started laying has layed in the...
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    Give up on chicken laying in nesting boxes?

    I’ve heard nesting boxes should be lower than the roosts but a bit elevated off the ground or ground level, and 12” square, unless a very large breed in which case you need to go bigger. Mine are even with the floor though partitioned off and 12” square. It’s my first flock though so I haven’t...
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    Give up on chicken laying in nesting boxes?

    Well, my under the roost layer did lay 2 or 3 eggs in the nesting box (yay!) after I installed the curtains but today, she layed again under the roost. I think seeing my barred rock lay in the nesting boxes changed her outlook but not completely. The barred rock in the photo seems to like the...
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    Give up on chicken laying in nesting boxes?

    I actually ended up cutting curtains and ties and stapling them. The thumb tacks barely went in the wood and I was paranoid they'd peck them off and poke themselves with them.
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    Give up on chicken laying in nesting boxes?

    I have straw in the nesting boxes and on the coop floor, mixed in with some wood shavings. Not sure what else to use.
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    Give up on chicken laying in nesting boxes?

    Thanks for the suggestions! The nesting boxes have straw and one of my other chickens left an egg shaped surprise in one of them this morning so at least one chicken likes my nesting boxes! But I like your rag idea. I was meaning to give my girls some kind of curtains but it was put off...
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