Cull laying hen or give her a second chance?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by CathyB59, Jan 4, 2014.

  1. CathyB59

    CathyB59 Out Of The Brooder

    May 21, 2011
    SE Montana
    I need some input/advice. I have a 2 year old barred rock hen and 3 other assorted rock pullets that are 7 months old. The 2 year old hen is molting so she isn't laying right now. The pullets are all laying very nicely. So recently the hen started picking on one of the pullets. She wasn't drawing blood but it got to the point that it stressed out the pullet so she quit laying. So I separated the hen from the pullets and put her in a large dog crate. She's been in there for about 4 days now and the pullet just started laying again. My question: do I get rid of (put her in the stew pot) the laying hen or do I give her a second chance and put her back in with the pullets and see if she is over her dislike of the pullet? Now would be a good time to cull her since she's not laying. Don't get me wrong. I love my girls and I get very attached to them but if they don't lay or have other issues (aggression, illness), they go in the freezer.

    Thanks for your input.
  2. YardBirdCountry

    YardBirdCountry Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 27, 2013
    I give the molting non-laying bully a thumbs down. Get rid of her.
  3. YardBirdCountry

    YardBirdCountry Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 27, 2013

    The bad behavior is not going to change.
  4. Happy Chooks

    Happy Chooks Moderator Staff Member

    Jul 9, 2009
    Northern CA
    My Coop
    They get irritable when molting. She may be lashing out because she's uncomfortable and wants to be left alone. I would put her back in with the flock and see what happens as she gets over her molt.

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