Advice needed...

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by EHepner, Nov 7, 2012.

  1. EHepner

    EHepner New Egg

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    We are fairly new to raising chickens. We have a small flock of 6 hens. 3 RIR and 3 BO. We have begun to notice that four of the hens have bare bottoms and are starting to look somewhat thinner, and a couple have blood on them as well. They are not in molt, as they are first year hens that have only begun to lay two months ago. My husband has a suspicion that one particularly aggressive hen is pecking the other hens' bottoms. I have never heard of this before. I'm trying to determine if this is a symptom of some kind of disease, or if I in fact have a bully hen. In either case, I need advice as to how to handle it. They seem to still be laying just fine. I have not noticed any slacking off. Any help would be greatly appreciated. If the answer to this problem is obvious to everyone but me, please forgive my ignorance. I am new to all this, but until now it has been greatly enjoyable. Thank you!
     
  2. Angelpoo

    Angelpoo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    soem chickens will be a bully... but with also go at the neck too... it wont take long to figure out if you have a bully hen, just sit outside and watch them for a few minutes and you will see if they are getting picked on.
     
  3. EHepner

    EHepner New Egg

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    How does one handle a bully bird?
     
  4. Angelpoo

    Angelpoo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Depends on the bird... I stuck mine in a small cage together and made them get along... Or at least ignore each other haha. I was there watching the whole time though. Might also have to get rid of the bird... There's a time when it's just figuring out the pecking order and a time when it's bully. Some chickens just don't get along with each other... Just like some humans can't stand eachother.


    Best if luck
     

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