bully chickens

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by thewolfpack, Jan 1, 2016.

  1. thewolfpack

    thewolfpack Hatching

    Jan 1, 2016
    Hi, so I have 3 older hens and 3 younger hens of 2 different breeds. The older ones have recently been bullying the younger ones. The older girls have clipped wing while the younger fly. Untill recently the younger girls would just scoot out of the bigger girls way but now they are being attacked by the older ones and not fighting back. They are all completely free range and have separate nesting and sleeping areas. What am I to do?

  2. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Flockless Premium Member

    Jan 30, 2015
    Africa - near the equator
    I'd suggest having multiple feeding station out of sight of each other. Apart from that, if they free they'll just have to sort themselves out I think.

    Good luck

  3. GodofPecking

    GodofPecking Songster

    Dec 16, 2015
    can you tell how long you have each set, which was first and which is the 'home team' and which is the 'visiting team' that has a bit to do with it.

    It is NORMAL for all chickens to work out a pecking order, a hierarchy and that is normal, there is a lot of pecking and squabbling and running away making ridiculously over dramatic squeals and so on. It's normal.

    If you do feed by hand, scatter far and wide. If there is a limit to how much they are fed in feeders you'd need separate feeders. If there is food available at all times it doesn't matter they will take turns.

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