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Chickens attack frightened chickens

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by bird_brain_scientist, Sep 18, 2012.

  1. bird_brain_scientist

    bird_brain_scientist In the Brooder

    Mar 5, 2011
    Has anyone else observed this strange behavior?

    One of my girls is a fraidy-cat and shrieks and runs whenever I need to pick her up. Fair enough, but when she does this the other birds attack her! They never do this otherwise. Before I was able to remove my frightened bird from the run, my Welsummer had locked on tight to her head feathers and seemed to be trying to tug them out; and then when I placed her into her coop and she started freaking out again, my EE attacked her.

    What is that about? Are they taking advantage of her fear to assert their dominance? Telling her not to be an idiot?

  2. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

    May 3, 2009
    New Jersey
    My guess is that you have come up with the answer to their behavior.

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