Adult hen fighting

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by stevehaynie13, Feb 9, 2013.

  1. stevehaynie13

    stevehaynie13 New Egg

    Feb 9, 2013
    We have four free range hens that sleep in a locked coup each night. Two of them are roughly 2 years old, and two are about 1 year. They have all lived together for a year in relative peace. Over the last few weeks, one the older ones (leghorn) is getting pecked on the back of the neck and vents. She has been bloody quite a few times. We isolated her for a couple days to let her recoup and as soon as we let her back in the coop, the attacks started again???
  2. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

    May 3, 2009
    New Jersey
    [​IMG] Have they been penned up recently because of bad weather? Sometimes out of boredom they will start fighting and feather pecking - in its extreme it can lead to cannibalism. A possible solution might be to fit the aggressors with Pinless Peepers. Once things settle down -weeks or maybe even months- they can be removed and hopefully peace will once again reign. Good luck at straightening this out.
    Last edited: Feb 9, 2013
  3. Cookie McT

    Cookie McT Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 3, 2010
    Trouble is, isolation keeps the victim safe, but when she is re-introduced to the flock she is treated like a stranger again. And since chickens love anything red, they will go for blood as quickly as they wll go for berries or painted fingernails.
    If one of the hens is a bully who instigates the attacks, that would be the one to isolate for a while. (Three days usually does it.) She loses her status in the pecking order, and becomes just one of the gang (after receiving her initiation pecks back into the family.)

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