Fighting Mama Hens - What should I do?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by BoiseChik, May 2, 2016.

  1. BoiseChik

    BoiseChik Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hello, I have a flock of 15 hens that free range in a large fenced yard. I currently have two hens with baby chicks, and they keep attacking each other! They never fought before they had chicks, but now they go at each other like a couple of roosters. They have all the space in the world, but as they wander around with their babies, the fight when they encounter each other. I'm wondering why they are doing this and also if there is anything I can do. I'd like to continue to let each Mom/babies free range.
     
  2. Ol Grey Mare

    Ol Grey Mare One egg shy of a full carton. ..... Premium Member

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    They are fighting because each perceives the other as a threat to her babies (rightfully so as some hens will gladly kill chicks of another, especially if she has chicks of her own) -- if their fighting is concerning you the only solution is to manage them so that they are separated from each other.
     
  3. BoiseChik

    BoiseChik Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ok. I caught them fighting again and both had blood dripping off of their combs and waddles. Yikes!
     
  4. Folly's place

    Folly's place Chicken Obsessed

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    Separate them for now. When their chicks are independent, reintegrate them. It's best if they are physically separate but next to each other within view. I never have two broodies at once for this reason. Mary
     
  5. BoiseChik

    BoiseChik Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ok thanks. :-]
     
  6. TheTwoRoos

    TheTwoRoos Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Agree with the other two.Sone hens will literally theif chicks from other hens.This could be the reason why they fight.
     

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