- Aug 2, 2011
I just removed my fourth dead bird in as many months. I have, now, seven hens. Large completely fenced and roofed area (about 15 'x 18') with a four by eight coop with lots of roosting space and five nesting boxes...overhead roosting area in the rafters. This area is completely fenced in so no predators can enter so the culprit is another hen. All of the birds who died had broken legs and could not move around and died fairly quickly. The birds are about a year old...this is their first full year. They are all laying and not eating eggs although some have peck marks on their backs. I figure that the bird with the best feathers is the aggressor but I have not witnessed anything. They have plenty of food, clean water and I let them out most days to wander around the garden. They are a mix of local barred rocks, aracaunas and three reds from McMurray. The birds who were killed were "fancier birds", a cuckoo Maran and a lovely black Langshan and an aracauna... Now that I have seven, maybe they will stop the murder. Would appreciate anyone's thoughts on this problem. As my friends keep saying, "They are just chickens" but I do find it distressing being quite fond of the birds. Thanks...