In the Brooder
- Jan 14, 2014
Please help! I have a hen (maybe more than one, but I’m leaning towards one main hen) that I have seen with my own eyes eating feathers, jumping on the back of other hens and acting like a rooster, and most recently pecking an egg and starting to eat the yolk right in front of me. I have a total of 24 girls. They were all summer babies last year, so some of them started laying toward the end of our Alabama winter. They also started a very small molt this spring. Since then, I have about 5-6 of them who still have large areas of missing feathers around their tail feathers. The skin is also varying shades of red. I’m beginning to wonder if they are being pecked. If they are, I would have to assume it’s my bossy and nosy Isa Brown hen. I have a coop that easily accommodates all of them for sleeping with extra room on the roosting bars and 9 nesting boxes. They only use 4-5 of the boxes. There’s a covered run attached to the coop that’s 8’x 15’. I keep their two large PVC pipe feeders and large waterer in there to keep them dry. The covered run has an open door to the outdoor fenced area that is approx. 60’x60’. I’m trying to figure out what’s going on. None of my hens seem overly stressed, they all seem to easily get to the food and water. They’ve scratched their outdoor run down to dirt of course but still get plenty of bugs and weed clippings from me. I’m open to any and all suggestions. If she’s just a bully, is there hope for rehabilitating her?