Bully hens

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by we<3eggsnaz, Jan 30, 2011.

  1. we<3eggsnaz

    we<3eggsnaz New Egg

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    I have 4 hens, 2 of them are leghorns and are bullying another one (I'm not sure what breed she is, I'm new, but she's dark brown and black) she is missing a bunch of feathers on her back and this morning we noticed a couple spots that are bleeding. What can we do to help her?
     
  2. dandelionheart

    dandelionheart Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Since 50% of your hens are the offenders... I'd remove the worst one. And people on here have talked about Blu-kote (or something like that) to put on the pecked area. I guess it tastes bad and they will stop pecking. [​IMG] But DON'T take away the victim, that just seems to make it worst. I'd start with two days away - may be enough to reestablish the pecking order with the bully at the bottom. [​IMG]
     
  3. jojo54

    jojo54 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Don't have an answer for your situation as mine was different. Lulu was lame and a runt as well as being picked on. Now she is a spoiled part time house chicken who run the run of the whole yard minus the chicken run. Worked out well for us because I love spoiling my little girl.

    Oh BTW [​IMG] Welcome to BYC.
     
  4. simpsoncj

    simpsoncj Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I agree, take the worst offender away for a couple of days. Just a cage with food and water in it. This should mix up the pecking order some. The bloody/red spot will stand out to your other chickens and they will continue to peck at it. The blue kote covers it, and tastes really bad. Be careful if/when you apply it, other posters have shared their experiences of the chicken shaking it off and onto them and I hear it is just awful trying to get it off of you!!
    CJ
     
  5. Pinky

    Pinky Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Are you sure the ones picking on your dark brown and black chicken are not roosters? Some hens loose feathers on their backs when roosters over mate them.
     
  6. Gypsy07

    Gypsy07 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I don't know if it's available where you are (I'm in the UK) but I had great results with a really stinky anti-pecking spray called Ukadex. It's so vile it almost made me puke each time I sprayed it but it did the job almost instantly. I would remove the worst bully from the coop and put the other one behind wire mesh so she's confined to a corner of the coop. I would carefully wash and dry the pecked bird so that any scent or colour of blood is removed, and then return her to the coop. I'd keep the bullies away/confined for a couple of days.Then before you put them back in, spray the bullied bird with an anti-peck spray. (Just on the pecked bits, cause it's not very nice for the bird to be covered with it when they're preening themself.) Watch them all for a couple of hours and if the bullies try anything, chase them off immediately. Hopefully that should sort out your problem.
     

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