Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by emmersums, Aug 20, 2013.

  1. emmersums

    emmersums Hatching

    Aug 20, 2013
    i have 5 chickens, 4 lay eggs daily 1 sits on them all the time. when the 1 comes out to eat the others peck at her & try to run her off.,, how do i solve this problem?
  2. Judy

    Judy Crowing

    Feb 5, 2009
    South Georgia
    It sounds like she may be broody, meaning her hormones are telling her to set on a group of eggs to hatch them. Or she could simply be at the bottom of the pecking order, causing the others to attack her, and causing her to stay on the nest in order to hide. If she is coming out to eat more than once a day, and sleeping on the roost, then it is probably a pecking order situation. If so, watch them a while and see if one is the lead "bully," then isolate that one for several days. When you then return her to the flock, she should be at the bottom of the pecking order. Unless they are free range or have a very large fenced yard, you may be able to lessen the problem by giving them more space and forage, so that they are more interested in finding grass and bugs than pecking each other.

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