a hen that is a bully

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by peachachecha, Aug 14, 2011.

  1. peachachecha

    peachachecha Out Of The Brooder

    Aug 2, 2011
    this is my first time in having chickens. I got two, approx 20 wk old Marans and a Isa Brown, approx 16 weeks. Ethel, the Maran is picking on Rotiseri, the Isa Brown. Is there anything that I can do to stop this behavior? I am a city person so have limited space. I have a coop with a run that I move daily around the yard. Once they are in their coop for the night all is quite but once out and about she picks on Rotiseri.
  2. TheSpiceGirls

    TheSpiceGirls Overrun With Chickens

    Oct 6, 2010
    Bay Area, CA
    Oh, this can be so tough. Make sure they are getting enough protein and that they have enough room to roam.

    They say if you separate the bully for about a week that when you reintroduce her back, she'll be lower in the pecking order. But I'm not sure that will work if you just have the three.

    I've also picked up a spray bottle that is filled with water and when I catch Pumpkin pecking at Ginger, I'll spray her. She hates it. It took a while and I do occasionally catch Pumpkin pecking, but in general, it's much less.
  3. 202roosterlane

    202roosterlane Happy Hen on a Harley

    Feb 24, 2011
    Central Arkansas
    Seriously they may need more run room......
  4. peachachecha

    peachachecha Out Of The Brooder

    Aug 2, 2011
    I felt that if I had more room that would help but I don't. I will get a spray bottle first thing in the a.m. and sit and watch and spray Ethel when she does this. Thanks so much, hate to see her bully the little one.
  5. savingpurple

    savingpurple Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 2, 2011
    NW Ohio
    I can sympathize with you on this one, as I battled a white leghorn hen that was SO mean to my other hens. Tried every suggestion mentioned, read, and tried more....it came down to giving her to a freind's farm. She was sweet as pie to me, the nicest of hens I had. It was so hard, but my other hens, are happy, can eat freely, and drink freely, and my stress level has gone down.

    I hated to see her go, but it was for the best. I wish Ms. Pissy well......

    Good luck...
  6. Blueicebird

    Blueicebird Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 12, 2011
    Watkins Glen
    I have this problem too! Thanks for posting! My Barred Rock picks on my other 6 hens and 2 ducks.

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