Dealing with a Bully? *Help needed FAST!*

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Pet Duck Boy, Dec 21, 2010.

  1. Pet Duck Boy

    Pet Duck Boy Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 12, 2009
    Orlando, FL
    I'm leaving on Friday for Christmas vacation, and thought that I better nip this in the butt before issues arrise while the 'chicken newb' pet-sitter takes care of the animals. To make a long story short, Meko, the lowest of the pecking order, had a little fight with Big-Red, second or third to her. After some intense kicking and a bleeding comb, Big-Red declared heself winner and for the last 4 days has been bullying Meko. Now I'm sure this is normal pecking order stuff, and I'm sure it'll figure itself out eventually, but Meko has been terrified to come down off the roost, and with me going to be gone for a week and a half this has to stop. She stays up there ALL day, and can't get within 4 feet of Big-Red without being chased or flogged. Which is weird, cause the two were always fine with each other. The other 4 still put her in her place, but they don't intentionally seek her out the moment she steps off the roosts. Living only in an 11 by 10 chain-link dog kennel, the 5 can't afford to push another hen out of the way without feeding/drinking problems popping up. I've taken action and have placed a mini-feeder on the ladder roost, which Meko takes advantage of. The waterer, on the other hand, is on a lower level and she comepletely avoids it unless I place her next to it, mostly because Big-Red can get her from there. The others still need room to roost, too though. She gets dehydrated if I don't step in, and will sit and drink for 15 minutes after half a day of no water. How do I get Big-Red to stop?
     
  2. Yazzo

    Yazzo Chillin' With My Peeps

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  3. chickensducks&agoose

    chickensducks&agoose Chillin' With My Peeps

    rig a waterer up high, then clip bigred's wings, so she can't fly up and bother the other one.
     
  4. Pet Duck Boy

    Pet Duck Boy Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 12, 2009
    Orlando, FL
    Big red doesn't usually travel more than a foot up the roosts, it's only when Meko comes down. I'll sperate Big Red then, but for how long? I have a dog crate...it's small though.
     
  5. Pet Duck Boy

    Pet Duck Boy Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 12, 2009
    Orlando, FL
    Anymore tips so I can deal with the bully in the morning?
     
  6. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    Time is the factor here, and I am not sure that you can resolve this by Friday. Is there a seperate pen that you can put either Big Red (preferably) or Meko in while you are gone. Without you being there to monitor the situation, I see the potential for a bad ending unless they are seperated. good luck, given the time factor this is a tough one.
     
  7. Yazzo

    Yazzo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I don't know if this will help, but....I have several roosters, one of which has been living away from the others for a while. Now, when I tried to bring him back to them, some of the roosters did NOT take kindly to that, and would have killed him if I would've let them. However, for the last month or so, I've occasionally kept him in a cage in the chickenhouse/greenhouse, where they can see him and interact with him but not hurt him. I let him run where he wants now, and instead of trying to beat him up, they are used to him, and leave him alone. It may not work for your rooster, but you're should probably keep them separated at least until you come back and can work with them.
     
  8. oconnorfamily25

    oconnorfamily25 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Good call!
     

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