Bully chickens

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by chickensinCT, May 22, 2019.

  1. chickensinCT

    chickensinCT In the Brooder

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    I have 7 chickens, all hens, and two of them are picking on a third. I have a small dog crate I was going to place the injured bird in to get better but will the pecking just get worse when I add her back in eventually?
    I have not been able to determine what started the pecking, their food has been the same, they have been housed all together for a little over a year and the aggressive pecking started only recently. Four are two years old (3 buff orps and 1 EE) and three are one year old (1 cuckoo maran, 1 Australorp and 1 silver laced Wyandotte)
    The australorp in the worst one and when she starts one the EE one of the Orpingtons jumps in.
    Their coop is 10x6 with 3 nesting boxes and elevated roosting perch, the attached run is 20x4.
    Any ideas/suggestions to help are appreciated
     
  2. chkva

    chkva Songster

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    I had an australorp that did the same thing to mine, I'll never forget that chicken. I separated the bully and reintroduced it, it worked and she wasn't too much of a bully after that. She would peck the others here and there, but not like before. I did free range at the time so it might be a different outcome than someone who has a run. She was separated for two weeks.

    Sometimes boredom makes them pick on each other. Hang up cabbage or put a pile of leaves and other distractions to help them from becoming bored.

    Hoping you find a solution!
     
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  3. hispoptart

    hispoptart Crowing

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    I agree, Unless the picked on one is bleeding, I would pull the bully from the flock. Isolate her for a few days and put her back. If she starts in again repeat the process until she stops. If needed extend the amount of days in isolation each time.
     
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  4. chickensinCT

    chickensinCT In the Brooder

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    The pecked at chicken has a wound on one of her feet that has started bleeding. I was going to give some meloxicam for pain and separate until it healed but I can just separate the bully first
    Either way she should get some space to heal

    Thanks for info !!!
     
  5. hispoptart

    hispoptart Crowing

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    depending on how bad the wound is, you might be able to just spray it with blue-kote so the others will leave the wound alone. Pics would be helpful if you can post some.
     
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  6. chickensinCT

    chickensinCT In the Brooder

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    I have used the BluKote on her foot and back but it has not seemed to deter them so far. Will post pics if I can get some when I have a helper in a bit
    :)
     
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  7. chickensinCT

    chickensinCT In the Brooder

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    Here are some pics of the chicken who is being bullied... 427381FD-D4BF-4628-91E7-87ADD76778C4.jpeg B0439A8F-AA10-49B4-9C8D-9FE694FDD6D6.jpeg D31F474D-1ED8-4866-821B-321ADC9851D9.jpeg
     
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  8. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler!

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    Pics Please?
     
  9. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician

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    Do an on site search on Pin Less Peepers. They can help and can frequently be removed once the picked upon birds are refeathered.
     
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  10. varidgerunner

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    Remove a bully and you are actually just removing the dominant bird. That will leave a dominant bird, and possibly one with a lot of pent up anger as a result of being number two for so long. Hard for a chicken to walk by another chicken in a four to six foot space. Eight foot space is better. Might work well for a while, but as birds mature, and hormones fully kick in, it can get ugly.
     
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