Chicken pecks/'bullies' other chicken?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by bibzybean, May 19, 2019.

  1. bibzybean

    bibzybean In the Brooder

    Apr 22, 2019
    We have 3 lovely chickens but over the past month or so, our white chicken, Baby, has started to peck our black chicken, Granola, whenever they eat from the same spot. It only happens maybe once a day or once every other day, so we thought maybe Baby was just establishing dominance or being a bit protective of her food. However yesterday we gave the chickens some corn on the cob, and Baby pecked Granola's comb, and it started bleeding a little. Granola was a little shaken, and since the injury was so small (like a pin prick) we thought we'd let her sleep it off.

    The thing is, Granola woke up this morning a lot more quiet and reserved than she usually is, and she's fluffing herself up and closing one eye. Right now, the other two chickens are digging, but Granola is sitting on the floor and opening and closing her beak a little, as if she's mumbling but not making any noise. Do you think Granola's shy behavior is a result of yesterday's incident, or could she be ill? How do we stop Baby from pecking Granola - Baby ONLY ever pecks Granola, and none of the other 2 chickens peck each other at all? :(
    Last edited: May 19, 2019
  2. Trux

    Trux Crowing

    Mar 26, 2018
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  3. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive Enabler

    Apr 3, 2011
    southern Ohio
    The one chicken who is not opening her eye and is acting lethargic may be getting sick, possibly a respiratory infection which can cause conjuntivitis in the eye. Inspect inside the eye for any dirt or debris, and clean it if necessary with saline. Then apply some Terramycin Eye ointment, or plain Neosporin/Triple Antibiotic Ointment if that is all you can get—twice a day. Watch for other signs of illness, such as sneeze, bubbles in an eye, diarrhea. Make sure that she is eating and drinking well. Offer her a small bowl of very wet fresh chick feed a couple of times s day.
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  4. bibzybean

    bibzybean In the Brooder

    Apr 22, 2019
    Her eye seems normal, although every now and then she does make a kind of purr/cooing sound that we haven’t heard before, and she’s quite warm. Could these mean anything?
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  5. Wyorp Rock

    Wyorp Rock Enabler

    Sep 20, 2015
    Southern N.C. Mountains
    Can you get a video of her? Upload to youtube and provide a link?

    That purr/cooing - is she acting all fluffed up, clucking, sitting and flattening out like a pancake, growling?
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  6. bibzybean

    bibzybean In the Brooder

    Apr 22, 2019
    I haven't been able to get a video, she seems to be feeling a little better and has stopped the noise so far. It wasn't growling like that, it was more like a pigeon cooing, I think?

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