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Chicken violence

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by kat12363, Sep 23, 2015.

  1. kat12363

    kat12363 New Egg

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    I am a new chicken owner. Bought the coop and chickens last week. Was told to keep them in the coop for a week before letting them out to free range but they are beating the crap out of one chicken and i don't think she will make it. We put her in the bottom part of the coop toNight to separate her from the rest. When i get home in the morning should i let them all out of the coop to free range? Will they stay arOund and will they stop beating up that poor chicken?
     
  2. Hholly

    Hholly Chillin' With My Peeps

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    What are the dimensions of your coop? How many chickens? It sounds like they are overcrowded and need more space. Multiple feeders and waterers are also a good idea. Separating the wounded hen is a good idea until she's healed and there is more space for them.
     
  3. kat12363

    kat12363 New Egg

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    We have 7 hens. The coop is 2 dementional but we kept them in the top part to start with. There is a roost and 3 laying quarters. My bf let the wounded one on the bottom of the coop toNight. She is aLone to rest and heal.
     
  4. keesmom

    keesmom Overrun With Chickens

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    X2. It sounds like they are overcrowded. If you bought one of those pre fabricated coops DO NOT believe the claims they can hold 6 or 8 hens. Often in reality they can hold 2 or 3,

    Pictures and/or a description of your setup plus the number and breeds of pullets/hens would help.
     
  5. Mutt Farm

    Mutt Farm Chillin' With My Peeps

    Hi! Welcome! [​IMG] good idea to separate her. Can you post a little more detail so we can picture your setup? How old are your chickens? Any roos? What breeds(s)? How big is the coop/run? Were they already an established flock? Yes on keeping them cooped for a week if they're adults. You could let them out if you monitor, It'd be better if you fed them good stuff in/around the coop with a call first so they know. Best of luck to you!
     
  6. allpeepedout

    allpeepedout Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I suspect the person who told you to confine them to the coop for a week may have meant to keep them in entire coop/run structure, not to shut them up in the upper roosting / laying quarters, assuming you have a raised box-type coop above an enclosed wire run?

    7 hens would need 28 sq. ft just for roost / nesting quarters, and preferably more if confined for an entire week. So you'd need a coop with a minimum floor area approaching 5 x6 ft. And they'd get pretty bored shut up in that space. If confined in a small area for any length of time, they benefit from diversions like a head of cabbage, hay or weeds, ears of corn etc. so they don't start picking on each other.

    As another poster mentioned, if these hens had not all been housed very closely together before as an established flock, it's a potential problem. You can't put strangers together in a small space and expect things to go well. Chickens have to be introduced gradually, and the more space the better. They can and do get brutal with each other, and once it starts it's hard to stop. You need to provide escape places like extra roosts, boxes they can go behind, etc.
     
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  7. kat12363

    kat12363 New Egg

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    Thank you. Yes they are a little under a year old and are of the same flock. They do have an attachment cage that is about 28 feet long. I will make sure to let them out when I get home this morning. Thank you so much for your help.
     

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