Chicken is shunned and pecked on

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by OkapisRule, Jan 10, 2010.

  1. OkapisRule

    OkapisRule Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 24, 2007
    Northern georgia
    We have around 10 chickens, and the smallest one, a black and white bantam hen, (the name of the breed escapes me) decided to live away from the nest for about two months before winter struck and we modified the coop. We made a big caged in yard, so we collected all of the chickens and put them into the coop. Ripple, the bantam hen, was the most reluctant to go in the coop, and she is pecked whenever she goes near the others. Currently, she resides under the nesting box so that she can stay away from the other chickens. She has a rooster of the same breed that we got her with, when they were about 9 months old. I am not sure if he pecks her or not, but he fits in perfectly with the rest of the chickens and does not care for her any more than the others do. Does anyone know what the problem may be, and how to fix it, or what to do in general? If you need any more information, I will be happy to provide it.
  2. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

    Nov 9, 2007
    SW Arkansas
    I'm not going to be much help. I have a loner hen, that the others dislike. She has found her own path in life. She avoids the others as much as possible, staying around the coop while the others free range. She sleeps by herself at night. I give her extra attention whenever I'm outside. Beyond that I haven't found anything else to do for her. It's her lot in life and as long as no one is injuring her I leave her be.
  3. HennyJenny

    HennyJenny Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 26, 2009
    Bennington, NE
    Sometimes the pecking order is the hardest part about having chickens [​IMG]
  4. xjchief

    xjchief Out Of The Brooder

    Dec 28, 2009
    Maybe you could find her another home?

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