flock attacking one pullet

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by ebinion, Oct 23, 2012.

  1. ebinion

    ebinion Out Of The Brooder

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    hi, I have 4 pullets and 1 rooster that are about 16 weeks old. They have been together ever since they were 4 weeks old and got along good. Now all the sudden they all are attacking one pullet and won't leave her alone. what should I do.

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  2. faykokoWV

    faykokoWV Mrs Fancy Plants

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    I would separate her from the rest of them if you can. She may be ill, or it may just be more establishing of the pecking order. Are they drawing blood, or just picking on her?
     
  3. ebinion

    ebinion Out Of The Brooder

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    I don't think she is sick. they are chasing her and picking on her but no blood yet
     
  4. PrairieChickens

    PrairieChickens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    At this age your chickens are figuring out their pecking order, and this poor girl has apparently wound up at the bottom. Make sure she is still able to eat and drink and that the pecking isn't causing her any injurious harm--feathers may get pulled loose, but if they aren't drawing blood she should be fine. Our flock went through the same jostle for position when they were that age, and now everyone gets along peacefully. If necessary, separate your girl from the rest of the flock a couple of times a day so she can eat, drink, and rest. Things should settle down over the next couple of weeks as everyone figures out what their status is.
     

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