Bullying in Three-Hen Flock: What to do?

rosemarythyme

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Sadly, no.
Best you can do then is try to add even more clutter (or more solid/opaque clutter) to break up the space visually, so she can slide by without the bully seeing her as that's another way to break up/prevent chases.

Do NOT add more birds, it won't fix anything and will likely cause even more issues as every additional bird increases the need for additional space.
 

Nika B

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Will do. Thanks for the help.

That's what I have heard. Sounds good. Does the farm in the winter sound like a good plan or like it would just add more stress?
 

rosemarythyme

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Does the farm in the winter sound like a good plan or like it would just add more stress?
Personally I wouldn't do it, for 2 reasons:
1) Integration takes more space than the minimum recommendations... you're already having behavioral issues due to space/width of the set up, so trying to add/re-add birds could worsen it even more.
2) There's the possibility of introducing infectious diseases or parasites from bringing in outside birds (which would include a bird that has left your care before coming back in). Doing a proper biological quarantine to prevent that is time consuming and would require a completely separate set up for the duration of the quarantine period.
 

NatJ

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Also, sorry for the previous errors in math, I was going off of rough estimations. I then went out there with a tape measure and looked at the plans, clearly, I had underestimated the coop size ;).
Measuring is always best, but at least you were wrong in the right direction :)

We kept asking for measurements, because it's pretty common for people to mis-estimate the other way (so their chickens have even less space than they think.)
 

Crazy Maizie

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Do NOT add more birds, it won't fix anything and will likely cause even more issues as every additional bird increases the need for additional space.
I only suggested that because she's been working so hard on this for weeks - sometimes the opposite of what we try works. Also, I wouldn't ever suggest adding only 1 chicken. I added a lone cockerel once. It worked for us, but most likely because it was adding a male and not a female.
But, you're correct if the space is causing issues, it needs fixed first.
 

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