Chicken Bullying

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by ErinO, Nov 23, 2013.

  1. ErinO

    ErinO New Egg

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    I have four hens, no roosters, and we have had them from chicks this past spring. They have lived together for seven months with no problem at all. All of a sudden one is being pecked at out of the blue. We went out to let them out the other morning and her comb had been pecked and she was all bloody. We took her out, got her cleaned up and put Blu-Kote on the wound, and she looks better. When we tried to reintroduce her this morning, though, they all went after her as soon as we put her in the coop. The advice we have been given from family members is that we will just have to "get rid" of her, but I wanted to see if anyone had suggestions as to how we can fix this first.

    First, we just put her back in the coop. Is there a way to reintroduce her that we should have done and didn't? This is our first time with chickens and we love having them, but we are still learning a lot. Thanks for any help you can give!
     
  2. sumi

    sumi Égalité Staff Member

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    It sounds like that poor hen is at the bottom of the pecking order. Some bullying of the lower rung members of the flock happens, but if it gets to a point where blood is drawn it's unacceptable. This article about dealing with bullying behaviour may help:

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/a/bullying-behavior-in-chickens

    Best of luck!
     

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