Chicken being attacked by all the other chickens

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by MNBobcat, Jul 8, 2016.

  1. MNBobcat

    MNBobcat Out Of The Brooder

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    We have mixed breeds of chickens. Leghorns, Rhode Island Reds, silkies, etc. I inherited them.

    There is one leghorn that spends most of her time in the nest box. I was thinking she was broody. However, whenever she gets out of the box to eat or drink almost the entire flock of chickens attacks her. Does that happen because she is broody? What do you do with something like that?

    I'm not going to keep her separated in a cage having to give her separate food and water for the rest of her life. I would for a few days if it was broodiness and if I got her over that the other chickens would leave her alone.

    Short of having her for dinner, are there any other options?
     
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  2. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    Because of their change in demeanor flockmates frequently challenge hens that have gone broody.
     
  3. mustang56

    mustang56 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    how many chickens....and how many are roosters....?
    where they raised together...?
    how long have you had them...?
     
  4. MNBobcat

    MNBobcat Out Of The Brooder

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    There are 12 hens and 1 rooster. All have been together for almost 2 years. I've had them since about March.
     
  5. mustang56

    mustang56 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If she isn't sick...
    What I would do.... is take 3 of the girls out of the pen if you can...
    and see what happens when you leave just one of the girls in there with her.
    or take out all 3 girls...for a few days....and introduce them back into the coop
    one at a time.....one a day.....
    the first one that pecks her I would remove them for a couple of days...

    Hang some lettuce, or cabbage, or corn cobs.....?
    helps with keeping them from being board....
    if you haven't tried that....

    that's what we do here, and most of the time, it works....
    might take a week..... but hey, might be worth a try...?
     

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