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coop unrest

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Athensm50, Aug 13, 2013.

  1. Athensm50

    Athensm50 Out Of The Brooder

    Jul 17, 2013
    ok...so we got a couple hens last week.....and then this weekend I picked up a couple more......as I was putting them up tonight....the were "fussing"....I looked in and my older chickens (smaller than the new) and she was trying to push the other new hen off the perch!.....got low and was pushing off......and the newer hen was pecking the other one in the back!!!

    on the other perch on of the newer hens was already on the perch......and she saw the older one heading up her way...and she "puffed up" and got inn the middle of the perch......like I don't want you up there.!!!

    what gives....I guess I hope they dont do that all night long
  2. chfite

    chfite Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 7, 2011
    Taylors, SC
    They are sorting out the pecking order. Generally, this will be over in a couple of days. This will happen anytime there is a change in the population of the flock.

  3. Athensm50

    Athensm50 Out Of The Brooder

    Jul 17, 2013
    the one that was getting pecked on the back.....feathers looked awful today.....
  4. ChirpyChicks1

    ChirpyChicks1 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 22, 2013
    Try and stay out of it. I know it's easier said than done because I'm dealing with the same thing. My flock has always gotten along so well, like perfectly, and all of a sudden as soon as some of them began squatting the chicken poo hit the fan and it's been drama drama drama. I've seen one bite and pull on my favorite chickens face, drew blood. I've watched three on the roost and the outer two viciously pecked and terrified the middle one, she crammed herself as close to the roost as possible and tensed into a solid mass, I ended up popped on of the birds on the beak for that one and removed the scared one from the roost. I shouldn't have but it was too much. She had always been the "mean one" and one of my least favorite birds but she looked so scared. Remembering that one actually makes me tear up.

    It's hard, they are pets and I'd never allow my dogs or cats to treat each other that way. [​IMG]
  5. rosiekitty94

    rosiekitty94 Out Of The Brooder

    Jul 7, 2013
    I saw one of my hens jump on another hen's back and pull on her comb while the bottom one ran in circles. I was yelling and quite distressed at the time but in retrospect, it was kind of funny [​IMG]
  6. Athensm50

    Athensm50 Out Of The Brooder

    Jul 17, 2013

    well....they are getting together a nit better......and at least are coming out of the coop......big help as I am not having to keep water inside the coop(messy!!)....and they are drinking out of the nipples.

    BUT...they still are not laying any eggs!!!....been a month or better.
    Last edited: Oct 21, 2013
  7. Athensm50

    Athensm50 Out Of The Brooder

    Jul 17, 2013
    a week later....still not laying???/......do I just have bumm easter eggers????....or did I just get them when they stopped laying for the winter???
  8. WalkingOnSunshine

    WalkingOnSunshine Overrun With Chickens

    Apr 8, 2008
    How old are they?
  9. Athensm50

    Athensm50 Out Of The Brooder

    Jul 17, 2013
    not sure?...I cannot tell....they are white?...which I was told was unusual??
  10. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner Chicken Obsessed

    Feb 2, 2009
    Northwest Arkansas
    There is nothing unusual about white Easter Eggers. Easter Eggers can be any color or pattern.

    There could be a whole lot of different reasons why they are not laying, age and possibly molting being two of them. Over the internet we really can’t tell without a lot more information, and even then it would probably be just a guess.

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