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Chicken hit by other chickens

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by winchester512, Nov 6, 2012.

  1. winchester512

    winchester512 Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi everybody!

    I've been raising 3 chickens since 8 month ago, 2 of them are laying egg from 2 month ago, but the other one( the brown chicken below), still doesn't. I think the main reason she doesn't lay is eating little. She has been hit since two other chickens lay. At first she was hit by other ones when they wanted to lay, but now they do that when the brown one wants to eat some food. She fears when the two others look at her! I don't know how I can handle this before she die of hunger! Please help me save her :) How can I force her to beat them too or force the others to keep hitting her off?!

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    This is the Killer! she beats her badly

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  2. Smoochie

    Smoochie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Do you have two watering stations and two feeders? If not, I would add another set more three meters away or with a visual barrier ( so the dominant hen can't guard both).
     
  3. aoxa

    aoxa Overrun With Chickens

    It's called pecking, and is normal.

    Your hen is well fed. I can tell just by the image.

    She could be affected by the short days and won't lay until spring.
     
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  4. Smoochie

    Smoochie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Sometimes I rehome mean hens if they do not settle down. Finding them a flock with older hens usually cures them.
     
  5. winchester512

    winchester512 Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks to Smoochie and aoxa :)


    aoxa:

    I've just one station, the area which they are kept in is a 2*2m fence that doesn't allow to establish a new station unless I use a visual barrier. I must try it :)





    Smoochie:

    my father told me that's normal and I can't do anything; but the fact that makes me worried about her eating is that when at the end of the day i touch the crop, the brown one's is empty and the others one's are full.
     
  6. aoxa

    aoxa Overrun With Chickens

    I think you mixed us up there :)

    She looks large. Not on the skinny side at all. If the pecking is really severe (drawing blood) - I would rehome the bullies and buy some nicer hens. Have these guys grown up together?
     
  7. Smoochie

    Smoochie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Mix up! :p. I would just put out a yogurt container of food and water behind a milk crate and see if that helps. Small flocks dynamics can be very challenging.
     
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  8. winchester512

    winchester512 Out Of The Brooder

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    Sorry about mixing up :D

    I bought them as 4 week chickens and it has been 7 month since they live together.
    I must try the ways you told me :) anyway, thanks !
     

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