Do hens attack sick hens

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Danielle and her chicks, Nov 13, 2019.

  1. Danielle and her chicks

    Danielle and her chicks Hatching

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    Hi there my name is Danielle and I’ve had a backyard flock for 1.5 years now.
    8 of which have been together since getting chickens , 5 large breed ( maran, barred rock, Easter egger and 2 RIR) and 3 silkies.

    Lately ( last 2 weeks) the barred rock has gotten sick and is isolated.

    The chickens have always got along and have an acre to free range and have a large coop.

    Today the EE,RIR and marran held down one of the silkies and attacked her as a group. My husband made the silkie safe and they went about their day.
    When I got home and went to close the coop for the night the silkie was dead and the feathers plucked out.

    Why would they all start to attack her suddenly , they never had a mean side before especially the marran.

    Any advice would be great, thank you. I’m one sad chicken momma tonight. I feel so bad for what my sweet silkie went through tonight from her “family”
     
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  2. sekeyslaks

    sekeyslaks Songster

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    That's horrible,so sad this happened to you!:hit:hugs Yes chickens usually attack or more often drive away sick or different looking chickens(like Silkies to your "normal" hens) Always be wary of their health if a flock starts acting more aggressive to each other. Fall is molting time as well and most chickens are very cranky as they renew their feathers for the year.

    EDIT: I recommend you separate your other Silkies if you can because with 2 left the other's will notice the difference in them too and attack.
     
  3. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician

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    :welcome sorry for the circumstances. The removal of the barred rock from the flock may have upset the pecking order and increased aggression in the flock. I'd keep a close eye on things to forestall any more casualties.
     
  4. Danielle and her chicks

    Danielle and her chicks Hatching

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    Thank you for your replies I will keep all of these things in mind. Happy clucking
     
  5. chickens really

    chickens really Crazy Call Duck Momma

    Proper nutrition for certain breeds is a must because behaviour will change if feed isn't 100% balanced.
     

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