Chicken Hate Crimes

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by rufio6, Jul 23, 2011.

  1. rufio6

    rufio6 New Egg

    Jul 23, 2011
    I have about 40 hens all in the same encloser. lately all of the hens have been ganging up on one hen in particular and last time they attacker her they pecked off the top of her skull. I want to know why the heck they would do that because now ill have to put the poor thing down....[​IMG]
  2. twistedwire

    twistedwire Out Of The Brooder

    Jun 2, 2011
    There's a good chance they are over crowded [​IMG] Sorry to hear about your hen. Can you make their area larger?

    They do make little goggle things to put on the bully hens so that they can't see well enough to aim when they're picking on others but I don't remember what they're called.
  3. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

    Jun 18, 2010
    Southern Oregon
    Yes, how large is the enclosure? For that many birds you'd need an absolute minimum of 160 square feet, and even then they might still hurt/cannibalize each other. That's only four feet per bird, sounds pretty crowded to me.

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