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Bullying hens

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by jrooster70, Mar 22, 2016.

  1. jrooster70

    jrooster70 Just Hatched

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    I had 2 hens that were broody. They are fine now but since they were put back with other hens they have been fighting to a point where all were bloody yesterday. Now only one gets picked on and she happens to be the smallest hen. But only one other hen is picking on her. She is terrified and runs if she even sees the bully hen. Any advice as to how I can stop this bully behavior?
     
  2. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Runs With Chickens Premium Member

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    That is quite normal after a hen is broody, you could remove the bully for a few days to hopefully knock her down a few pegs and give the others a chance to reestablish themselves.
     
  3. jrooster70

    jrooster70 Just Hatched

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    As I've watched closer, I've noticed this is happening while they roost at night. Moving the roost doesn't seem to work because they all huddle together. But as of today the hens that were broody are back laying eggs. Yay!!!! Thanks for advice on bullying! !
     
  4. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Runs With Chickens Premium Member

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    Good to hear, my chickens bicker at roost time too, it's normal.
     

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