Chickens that bully

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Spranch2013, Jan 16, 2014.

  1. Spranch2013

    Spranch2013 New Egg

    Jan 15, 2014
    I originally started with six chickens, lost two to our dog, one to illness and one to bullying. I waited a few months then introduced two more chickens to the two I had left ( one a bully, one docile). The two new were as large as original but I noticed after awhile that one sided with the bully and began pecking on its partner that arrived with her. I have now divided the run and coops with two bullies on one side and the docile and new one on other. The new chicken, a Red, is acting strange. She won't eat, does not have good balance and just acts strange. The docile Buff is still laying and seems fine, but should I put her back with others and just leave the red by itself. The Buff bad the bullies get along fine and they all lay daily.
  2. liz9910

    liz9910 Overrun With Chickens

    Apr 8, 2012
    Northern California
    Quote:Welcome to BYC! I would suggest removing the bully and putting the other 3 together, and then re-introducing the bully later. This will change up the pecking order in the group. Regarding the chicken that is not acting right, I would post in the Emergencies section with pictures, when it started, and a description of the behavior: good luck to you.
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  3. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Show me the way old friend Staff Member

    Mar 21, 2011
    New Mexico, USA
    My Coop
    Hi there, [​IMG] and welcome to BYC!

    I agree with Liz here, you need to separate out the bully for a while. It may take a few weeks of isolation, in hopes to change the pecking order while the bully is absent. If this does not solve the aggression in the bully, you might try pinless peepers on the bird, send it to the stew pot or rehome the bird.

    Great to have you aboard and enjoy BYC!
  4. BantamLover21

    BantamLover21 Overrun With Chickens

    Jul 24, 2013
    Welcome to BYC! Glad you joined us! I would isolate the bully for a while, and then re-introduce her. In most cases, the bullying bird will not be dominant any more after the re-introduction, and you may not have many problems with her anymore.
  5. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Overrun With Chickens

    Jul 24, 2013
    Welcome to BYC! [​IMG]The three previous posters have given you good information.
  6. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 True BYC Addict Premium Member

    Feb 18, 2011
    Hello :frow and Welcome To BYC! You've gotten some good advice above, good luck with your girls.
  7. Spranch2013

    Spranch2013 New Egg

    Jan 15, 2014
    Thank you for your advice. I separated them out 3 to 1 and found I had a second bully. I now have them 2and 2. Hopefully that will work. Thanks again.
  8. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

    May 3, 2009
    New Jersey
    Welcome to BYC. Good luck with the pecking order - chicken society is frequently cruel.
  9. gander007

    gander007 Chicken Obsessed


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