Being mean

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by TherryChicken, Feb 4, 2013.

  1. TherryChicken

    TherryChicken Overrun With Chickens

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    Ok, so I have 2 Ameraucanas, 1 BLR Wynadotte, and 1 Chochin.. Well the Ameraucanas didn't peck the Wynadotte but once. However they are really being mean to the Cochin and the poor girl can't win for loosing. I was wondering, do chickens do better when being introduced, with their own breed do to "temperment"? Or?
     
  2. welderskelter

    welderskelter New Egg

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    Maybe they need a bigger area. Chickens do have a picking order.
     
  3. Choco Maran

    Choco Maran Chillin' With My Peeps

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    They just need to workout pecking order. Unless they get really ruff do not worry about it. Once a flockis setintroducing new hens can be ruff. WhenI introduce new pullets I usally divide the coop into two sections and let them live next door for a while before letting them all go together.
     
  4. redsoxs

    redsoxs Chicken Obsessed

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    I X2 what Choco Maran says - sounds like a pecking order issue - keep an eye open in case one becomes picked to the point of bleeding - it would have to be isolated in this case. Good luck to you!
     
  5. TherryChicken

    TherryChicken Overrun With Chickens

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    She is being pecked to where she bleeds.. Her comb will bleed cause they will peck her head and comb so much. She pecks me and makes me bleed and I think it's because she is pecked on so much she feels like I'm not threat and pecks on me.
     
  6. TherryChicken

    TherryChicken Overrun With Chickens

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    Oh and the coop is 6' tall by 4' wide by 8' long
     
  7. welderskelter

    welderskelter New Egg

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    Coop seems pretty small to me. They cant get out of eyesight of them.
     
  8. TherryChicken

    TherryChicken Overrun With Chickens

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    She gets up inside the coop while the others stay in the run, so she can get out of sight of them. However a good friend of mine is going to be nice enough to give me 2 of his coops so we will be seperating the cochin and wynadotte and be getting another pair for the other coop. So we will have 3 coops with 2 in each. The wynadotte and the cochin are friendly to each other so they will; be going into the same coop together, the ameraucanas are sisters and will be staying together, then we will just search to another 2 to buy for the other coop..
     
  9. TherryChicken

    TherryChicken Overrun With Chickens

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    Here is my cochin, she comes to me for comfort and she jumped and flew onto my shoulder as I was in the coop area checking for eggs. She pecks on me and makes me bleed and bruise. I tried moving her into an area with 1 month old chicks and she pecked one so badly she tore up her bottom (she is healing well though). So had to put her back with the others
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    In this picture you can see her neck a bit. Her neck is almost completely bare from being pecked on, though we bought her with her neck half way bare.. She has a scab like thing on the top of her neck/back of head that has turned her skin blue?
     

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