Aggressive chicken

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by TomDragon 1, Jan 26, 2016.

  1. TomDragon 1

    TomDragon 1 New Egg

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    Hi, I have 4 new chickens and one of them keeps attacking all the others, they have lots of space and the other chickens are too scared to go near her because they are scared. What do I do?
     
  2. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe True BYC Addict

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    Were they friends before they cam to you?

    They are working out the pecking order. Sometimes it can be violent.
    Make sure they have at least 2 different water and food sources in different places so she can't starve the others till it works out.
     
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  3. TomDragon 1

    TomDragon 1 New Egg

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    Only two were together, but I put all of the chickens in at the same time
     
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  4. DanEP

    DanEP Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yep pecking order. It can take awhile to settle but if the bully keeps picking on the others you may need to remove her for a couple of weeks and then putting her back. By then she will be the outsider and the old girls will will be a flock and she will have to work to fit in. This quite often solves the problem if not rehoming may be needed
    another point is age is the bully an older chicken? If she's full grown and their pullets they may grow into a position of equal standing soon.
     
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