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BEHAVIOUR: Is my hen being a bully? please help!!

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Jax-bean, Feb 19, 2013.

  1. Jax-bean

    Jax-bean In the Brooder

    Hi everyone
    So i'm a new chicken owner - I have 3 hens and a rooster, all of which are 6 months old Koekoeks.
    I've recently noticed that my one hen, Dora, is forever giving my other hen, Daisy, a hard time. She chases her away from treats, or even if she just gets in her space.
    Now Daisy hasnt been injured really but except she is turning into such a skittish, nervous girl. Its like she is always watching her back in case Dora comes to get her. The most Dora has done is pull out a small tuft of downy feathers but i feel very sorry for Daisy.
    1. Is this normal behaviour?
    2. Should my rooster keep them in order?
    3. And if it isnt normal, how can i sort it out before it gets bad?

  2. Reurra

    Reurra Crowing

    Apr 11, 2012
    Nova Scotia
    My guess would be to remove one of the hens, either Daisy or Dora. I dont tolerate violent behavior like this among my birds. As long as no blood is spilled I dont think too drastic of measures will be necessary.

    When I got my Americaunas, my JG Dragon would pick on them incessantly. I separated them for about 2 months to allow the Americaunas to get a bit larger, then reintegrated. The pen they were in had a full view of the other hens, so everyone had a good eyeful of each other every day. Remember though that removing one bird can upset the pecking order. Sometimes a permanent removal is the only course of action because reintegration may not work.

    There is still some nitpicking, my littlest Americauna is always being chased, but she has a full crop at night, so i know she is getting food.

    I also put in 2 waterers and 2 feeders away from each other, so when the dominant one has its back turned, the submissive one still has a place to get fed and watered.

    When giving treats, I spread them out all over so that no one place becomes the main treat area. Again, this prevents the bigger bird from focusing on the smaller bird. They cant be everywhere at once.

    And yeah, your Roo should be doing something to prevent fighting, but you have to remember, it is in a chickens nature to be this way. They are birds, not people and dont have sympathies or empathy for each other. Pecking order is important in their lives. Like a bunch of high school students, you will always have a bully and a wuss.
    Last edited: Feb 19, 2013
  3. Jax-bean

    Jax-bean In the Brooder

    Thanks for the feedback[​IMG]

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