ALPHA HEN ISSUES WITH CHICKS.

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by trinacsj24, Apr 10, 2016.

  1. trinacsj24

    trinacsj24 Out Of The Brooder

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    So a week ago I introduced 5 7 week old chicks to my group of girls. The alpha hen was fine with them so everyone else was to. But yesterday my alpha hen suddenly passed away, so now the 2 girls vying to be leader are relentlessly chasing the chicks to the point where I might have to put them back in the brooder. But they are to big for it now. What do I do? None of my hens are laying yet the older group is around 5 months old.
     
  2. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Lots of Chickens Premium Member

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    I would make a separation pen for the young ones for a bit inside the coop.
     
  3. howfunkyisurchicken

    howfunkyisurchicken Overrun With Chickens

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    x2. And, completely normal. Smaller birds get picked on by bigger birds, thats just the way they work. Make them a separate partition in the coop with wire and access doors only they can get through. Places to hide out or to get up and away in the run aren't a bad idea either (just make sure there aren't places they'll get cornered/trapped).
     
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  4. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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