bullying

  1. Grits&Eggs

    sour crop help

    So, last week, I went out a little earlier than usual (to let the chickens into the run) and was surprised to see projectile water being spewed from the mouth of one of my Buff Orpingtons. She and 3 others are now 9 weeks old and were added to my existing flock of 14 week old Australorps over a...
  2. P

    Help! Pecking problem with 5 wk old chicks

    We have seven 5-wk old chicks (got them when they were a day old) and are new to raising chickens. Two Wyandottes have made it clear from the beginning that they are at the top of the pecking order. In the last few days, the larger of the Wyandottes has started being very aggressive and is...
  3. MissRaychel91

    Week old chicks with a deadly bully. Need advice!

    This is my first batch of chicks ever. I ordered 6 day old chicks from My Pet Chicken, 2 buff Brahma bantams, 2 white silkie bantams, and 2 black frizzle Cochin bantams. They will be 1 week old tomorrow. The buff Brahmas have grown faster than the others and 1 of them, the biggest, started...
  4. Carolrich

    Stanley, our Wimpy one-eyed cockerel

    IMG_0422 by Carolrich posted Jul 8, 2018 at 8:35 AM I talked about Stanley here on BYC when I first got him. He was 11 weeks old and shortly after we got him, he developed an eye infection. Long story short, per our vet, he was treated with antibiotics (two 10 day rounds) but lost his left eye...
  5. Hipshot

    Tiny loner

    I am new to chickens. I have ten 18 week old birds that I have raised from chicks. Two have turned out to be Cockrells that, of course, are becoming cocky. The problem is, my smallest bird, a tiny Polish, seems to get the brunt of their frat boy behavior. A few weeks ago she started sleeping in...
  6. EandC

    Feather Picking, egg pecking and rooster impersonating

    Please help! I have a hen (maybe more than one, but I’m leaning towards one main hen) that I have seen with my own eyes eating feathers, jumping on the back of other hens and acting like a rooster, and most recently pecking an egg and starting to eat the yolk right in front of me. I have a total...
  7. B

    if hicken missing feathers off back possibly from Rooster

    We are new chicken caretakers and I noticed I think from the beginning (about two months ago) she was missing feathers. It has recently gotten worse with many feathers missing from her back and now pink spots too. Today I noticed while feeding them some mealworms that out of the blue the...
  8. S

    Quails bullying Chicken

    Hello everyone, this will be my first and likely only post here (At least for a while) I am taking care of some birds for a friend while he is away on vacation. 1 chicken and 5 quails. The chicken is Silkie/Polish cross, and was born around April 27th of this year. The quails are Coturnix...
  9. zs14

    Featherless Head/Recovering from bullying.

    Hi friends, I received 27 chickens via Hoovers April 13th (7 weeks ago). We got a variety of breeds, including a Leghorn, GLW, Brhamas, New Hampshires, Polish, some Sex-Links and a couple more. Because of some permit troubles, at 6 weeks (when we deemed it time to put the birds outside) we still...
  10. C

    Gimpy bantam being shunned and attacked!

    OK, settle in for a story. I have had chickens on my property for 5 years. I have added new chicks each year. Due to predators, life and other things I am at 14 chickens and 2 rooster's right now. Having 2 roosters is another story but they have split the flock up and everybody gets along...
  11. Jhangles

    Smaller chicks bullied to death... I think. Need to expand our coop.

    Hey everyone, So we originally started out with 5 hens. Then chick season rolled around and suddenly we had over 20 chickens. We currently have 2 Tractor Supply coops with a smallish run in between them. Space really hasn't been an issue since we let our chickens out first thing in the...
  12. Suep666

    Im too old for this :(

    so Hi All you experts out there... having a few issues with our flock. We've had chickens for some years now and have been through all sorts of different issues and problems and with the help of you guys always managed to come out the other side quite well. so I'm hoping I can get some great...
  13. MIMisfitranch

    Need help with goslings

    Hello how are yall? I have 8 goslings that are about 8 or 9 days old and they seem to pick on each other. Pulling down out leaving them with red bare skin. I have tried some toys but i am new to geese first time raising them. So help would be highly appreciated.
  14. EggMan207

    Integration idea/question: new girls, and new coop

    So, I have 8 existing girls in a coop/run. I bought 8 more that are 6 weeks. I also bought a new coop. The last integration I did was really rough/violent. So, I had an idea. What if, I put the new girls in the new coop until the are 14-16 weeks by themselves. Then, integrate the older ones 2...
  15. skepticCS

    Issue with bullying

    I've been reading up a bit on bullying in flocks, but I have to find a situation that quite matches my experience. I started my flock about a year ago with 6 chicks (3 RIR, 3 ISA Browns) and inherited 5 further chickens (2 Americaunas, 1 Orpington, 1 RIR, 1 Dominique) about 4 months later right...
  16. Corinna Morse

    Sussex won't come in coop due to bullying

    I introduced two new birds (5 -6 months old to our flock of 3 (7months old) . The Black Australorp has successfully integrated after 1.5 weeks, but the speckled Sussex who is slightly smaller is definitely receiving the brunt of the pecking and abuse. She literally will sit on the outdoor perch...
  17. DaMoot

    Bullying behavior at bedtime?

    Hi all! I was just witnessing some mean behavior from one of our girls towards her flock-mate tonight while they were getting ready for bed and I was wondering if this was normal pecking order stuff or a symptom of a bigger problem? This is a fairly newly built coop and I think they might...
  18. Samannemm

    Boredom Busters in Polar Vortex

    I think someone already started a thread like this, but I couldn’t find it! Anyway, I have 3 hens (after a predator attack a few weeks ago took out my other hens) one black star, one red star, and one polish. I used to have two polish that would be picked on, but there were two of them and it...
  19. P

    Flockmate died and now the rest are picking on remaining hen

    We have 4 standard size hens that were raised together and get along great. We purchased 3 more a few months after the first bunch and 2 have passed leaving the one bantam hen by herself. The problem is that the original 4 are just vicious to the remaining bantam. I don’t know what to do to...
  20. RachG75

    Bully, bully...

    Help please! I have two 2.5 year old Pekin females that are bullying my 9 month old Runner. I brought her inside last night because she was bleeding on her face in several places (not the back of her neck). I filled the tub and let her have a nice bath and disinfected the minor wounds. She...
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