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Bantam Cochin being picked on, anything I can do?

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

  1. sf100612

    sf100612 Out Of The Brooder

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    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 Out Of The Brooder

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    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 Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    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!

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    How much space(feet by feet) for how many birds?
    Might try a curtain on nest opening.
     

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