chickens beginning to get angry?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by DaveTaunton, Oct 1, 2013.

  1. DaveTaunton

    DaveTaunton Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I've noticed one of our hens has a big red patch on her wing and they are beginning to fight a bit. One has even taken to becoming an escape artist. Is this normal behaviour every now and then? It's never happened in the 3 weeks we've had them. I'm getting quite concerned about the whole situation
     
  2. cmedeiros17

    cmedeiros17 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It sounds like your hen may be getting picked on by the others. How many do you have? How big is their coop/pen area. If they are overcrowded that can lead to pecking.
     
  3. DaveTaunton

    DaveTaunton Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We have 5 hens. The coop is a converted garage so it's pretty big. The run is about 10 meters long and 3 ish wide which is going to be extended. They all started off fine and now I've noticed a few feathers lying around. They're going through a moult too. Will that have anything to do with it?
     
  4. cmedeiros17

    cmedeiros17 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It definitely could be the molt. They can lose quite a few feathers that you would think you lost a chicken. Have you seen that hen getting picked on at all? Do you have a picture?
     
  5. DaveTaunton

    DaveTaunton Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I haven't. I'll try to get one when they stop scampering around the garden haha. They are definitely going through a moult. It's just this small red patch. It's slightly scabby. It doesn't seem to be bothering her though
     

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