Fighting Hens

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by bart40330, Feb 23, 2009.

  1. bart40330

    bart40330 Out Of The Brooder

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    I introduced some very young Black Austrolorp pullets to my flock, five of them, last night. This morning, my red comet hen is picking at them. It is not so violent as roosters fighting, but she runs them around the coop and picks at them.

    Will this behavior work itself out?
     
  2. MoodyChicken

    MoodyChicken Chillin' With My Peeps

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    She's just letting them know she's the boss. The beatings will lesson in time to normal pecking order behavior.
     
  3. meezermom

    meezermom Out Of The Brooder

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    Make sure there is enough room for them to escape her - as well as feeders and waterers where they can eat in peace.
    More room is better!
     
  4. chookchick

    chookchick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Keep a very close eye on them, if there is any blood drawn, the victim will need to be separated immediately. If not, then you are fortunate and they will work things out...Give them some stuff to do--scratch, piles of leaves, hay, cabbage heads, etc..Also keep an eye out for diseases if these are not chicks you raised yourself.
     

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