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Bertha the Bully (long, rambling post)

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by CoyoteMagic, May 16, 2007.

  1. CoyoteMagic

    CoyoteMagic RIP ?-2014

    I knew when I first got my chicks at the flea market that "Big Bertha" was going to be a dominate hen. I didn't realize until today how much of a bully she really is.

    I only have Bertha, HennyPenny & ChickenLittle from my first batch of chicks. 3 Roos went off to live somewhere else and 2 went off to chicky heaven. I work 12 hour days so the girls are left much to themselves during the day. I've noticed that Bertha has been living up to her name BIG at 9 weeks she's pretty good size. HennyPenny & ChickenLittlehowever aren't much bigger than when I got them at 4 weeks.

    I let my 3 week olds(from the feed store) loose today in the run. They have been in a small cage for the last 3 nights out there and seem to be doing fine, so I turned them loose into one side of the dog kennel. They are having the time of their life.

    While watching the little ones, I notice that Bertha is really picking on HP &CL. Grabbing the feathers at their butts (they have no tail feathers which I thought was odd) grabbing goodies that I threw out there for them away and knocking them off the roosts in the run.

    I decided to gather up HP & CL and put them in with the 3 weekers. DANG!!! They are almost the same size!! [​IMG] They don't look like they have grown at all!!

    Questions are:

    1) do you think these 2 are going to catch up in size now that they are separated?

    2) will Bertha be ok in a run by herself until the others are big enough to deal with her?

    3) should I leave HP&CL in with the 3 weekers? they seem to be doing ok. Just a little peck here and there when someone gets too close to the other. No major aggression on their or the other ones part.

    Coyote.

    PS. I'll post picks of the size difference when I can figure out how to do post them here.
     
  2. ozark hen

    ozark hen Living My Dream

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    Sounds to me like you have made a decision..used your own good common sense to solve your problem. I don't know if you should keep the bully separate for a period of time or permanently but just watch them and see how it goes. Good job!
     
  3. CoyoteMagic

    CoyoteMagic RIP ?-2014

    Oh well, that didn't work. [​IMG]

    When I came in the house, the 2 that were being bullied decided that now they can bully the 3 week olds. I found them trying to ring the neck of one of my RIR's. They then went after Tess, my EC chicky. I tossed their feathered butts back in with Bertha!! [​IMG]

    Not sure what to do now. I have Bertha with HP& CL in one side of a 10X10 dog kennel and 8 little ones in the other side. Each side has a doghouse as a coop for now. This is all temp until I can build some smaller coops/tractors to use during the summer. I hope to move them all back into a main coop in the fall for warmth.

    Anybody got a cheap cheap carpenter they can let me use?!!

    Coyote
     
  4. ozark hen

    ozark hen Living My Dream

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    Good Grief!! [​IMG] What are they thinking!?! We need muzzles here folks! Someone please help here!! [​IMG]
     

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