Bullied Hen

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by GoldenCometKeeper, Apr 4, 2018.

  1. GoldenCometKeeper

    GoldenCometKeeper In the Brooder

    Jun 3, 2017
    Central Louisiana
    I have a flock of 5 hens and one rooster. Lately we have noticed some bullying going on in the flock.

    One hen, Pinky, is being singled out by every single chicken. The rest don't let her get near them, they run her off, peck her, chase her. She has to forage by herself, she can't socialize, and stays on the roost during the day before they are let out to free range for the afternoon.

    I know bullying is usually a pecking order thing, but the ENTIRE FLOCK???? What do I do, what should I do, is there anything to do? I want her to be a part of the group, since chickens are social animals.
  2. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Waiting on a Fresh Garden Salad

    Jul 16, 2015
    central Wisconsin
    She's probably bottom bird, so yes every chicken will peck at her. Not much you can do about that.

    You can make sure there's plenty of room and places for her to get away, as well as multiple feed and water stations. My bottom hens stick by themselves, usually staying in the shed. If you ever add more birds she will move up in the pecking order, especially if they are younger than her.

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