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Chicken bullying

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Graciesing2us, Oct 8, 2015.

  1. Graciesing2us

    Graciesing2us Out Of The Brooder

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    Need help please....i have 2 hens in particular who are sisters, last week one of them took herself from the rest of the hens and spent most of the time huddle in a corner or facing the wall. She didn't and only drank when i took it to her. Her sister kept on attacking her whenever she came into her view and i had to confine her so she was safe. We thought we were going to loose her but she's fine now and seems to be back to normal. The other chick still keeps trying to have a go at her but either the other one retalliates or 2 of my other hens intervene, bless them
    They seem to have,been protecting her since last week. Just wondered if anyone had come accross this type of thing before?
     
  2. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Sits With Chickens Premium Member

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    That happens a lot if a chicken seems unwell, the others will try to drive it out, especially a dominant member, sometimes it can be hard to figure out why they do the things they do. I know one of the role roosters play is to intervene in such matters and the rooster will a lot of times watch out for lower ranking members. So without a rooster your hens are filling all the roles.
     
    Last edited: Oct 8, 2015
  3. Graciesing2us

    Graciesing2us Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks for that. It looked like she had her very own body guards lol
     

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