Dead chicken and ganging up

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by wilessiuc, Nov 7, 2015.

  1. wilessiuc

    wilessiuc New Egg

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    I had 10 chickens, 8 hens, 2 roosters. 5-6 months old, all raised together. 2 were Spitz hens, so they were quite a bit smaller. 2 days ago I notice one spitz dead under the roost. No apparent signs of injury. Since then, all other chickens pick on remaining spitz. She hides all day. When I try to get her out into the run, the others charge her causing her to flee into coop. Any suggestions?
     
  2. Sonya9

    Sonya9 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I might think about separating her (and definitely would if they start to hurt her). You could put her in another area possibly with one of the lower ranking hens that might not pick on her. I would also look into getting a couple of more Spitz hens.

    What breed are the others?
     
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  3. wilessiuc

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    Head of the flock is a Maran rooster, he leaves her alone. Others are all sex link/leghorn mixes, they all peck and chase her.
     
  4. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    How much room in your coop(feet by feet)?
    Did the bullying of the smaller hens just start, none of it before the one died?
     
  5. Rewster

    Rewster Out Of The Brooder

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    I would definitely remove her for a while and attempt to find another.

    I received a Blue Cochin as my free "rare breed" with my McMurray order last year. She is beautiful, but apparently since she is
    different then the Buff Orpingtons and others in the pen, they picked on her.

    It is sad to see because she is so beautiful and easy to get along with. I will be adding more of this breed to the order
    in the spring to see if she finds a friend. They don't pick on her so much anymore since she is pretty large, but they don't
    allow her to participate in any "chicken games".
     
  6. wilessiuc

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    Coop is 8x8 and I have a large run. I removed her today because she has lost a lot of weight from being too scared to eat. Bullying didn't start until her sister died.

    If I keep her removed to fatten up, should I try to reintroduce her to the flock?
     
  7. wilessiuc

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    I removed her because she has lost a lot of weight. I assume bullying will continue when I reintroduce her though??
     
  8. Rewster

    Rewster Out Of The Brooder

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    They may still bully her when she is reintroduced, but they might find something else to do.
    Also, is your pen area large enough for the number of birds in it? Sometimes overcrowding leads to pecking.
    If she has lost weight due to the constant pecking then it's a good thing you removed her. Get her back up to weight and see what happens. I have had to actually stay in my pen and referee before. Kind of like a recess monitor lol
     
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  9. aart

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  10. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

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    I think you may have to consider either selling her or housing her apart from the other birds. Now that she's on her own, I'm not sure they're going to accept her since she looks so different. You might consider getting a similar ornamental hen to keep her company.
     

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