Bantam Cochin being picked on, anything I can do?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by sf100612, Apr 20, 2016.

  1. sf100612

    sf100612 In the Brooder

    Apr 25, 2015
    south carolina
    Hello everyone,
    My smallest lady has been getting picked on now for sometime. It seemed to only start happening when she started laying. She is a bantam cochin and took a lot long to start than my buffs and EE's. Since she has everytime she tries to lay they peck her in the head. This has resulted in missing feathers and a bloody comb. I know there is a pecking order and she does tend to sit on the eggs longer than need be but is there anything I can do to help her? I've changed the laying boxes and moved their location. They are so stubborn though!

  2. Ourpeeps123

    Ourpeeps123 In the Brooder

    Jan 13, 2016
    You could give them a treat so that it will distract them. It will let your Bantam Cochin be able to lay. You can get a seed block at Tractor Supply.
  3. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Chicken tender Premium Member

    Jul 16, 2015
    central Wisconsin
    I would recommend you not keep a bantam with large breeds. Often what you are seeing is what happens. They are more meek and don't act the same as larger breeds. They could eventually kill her. I would set her up in her own coop and get a few more bantam for her own flock.
  4. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

    Nov 27, 2012
    SW Michigan
    My Coop
    How much space(feet by feet) for how many birds?
    Might try a curtain on nest opening.

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