flock just won't let their pullets into the flock

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by curlycue212, Jul 27, 2014.

  1. curlycue212

    curlycue212 In the Brooder

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    Had posted this problem earlier this spring, and thought this problem would go away by now. But no. My pullets of 1.5 yrs. now young hens are just beaten up on by the rooster(dad) and my 2 black sex links(queens of the herd).
    Whenever the young hens come out of the henhouse into the pen or yard, the 3 bad guys jump one of them and peck them forever. My poor young girls look like they got run over by the lawnmower. The other day pancake came out of the pen to graze, the rooster ran over to do his thing, and when she assumed the position, the rooster didn't mount her, but started pecking her in the head. Within 30 secs., the 2 sex links came over and started suit.
    I've been keeping and raising chickens for 5 yrs. now and have never seen such mean behavior in a flock. One of my 3 young hens actually jumped ship and commited suicide. (broke out on her own, and must have been gotten by fox).
    Anyone ever experience this behavior. I'm afraid they may actually kill the young ones one day.
     
  2. lightchick

    lightchick Crowing

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    How many young pullets do you have?
     
  3. nuttyboo

    nuttyboo Chirping

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    Maybe you need to reverse the pecking order?? Take away too hen for a few days see if the other hens back off a bit if not keep removing them for 3-4 days till the pullets have pecking order established then reintroduce hens 1 by 1
     
  4. lightchick

    lightchick Crowing

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    You could take away the roosters and out them in a different coop for awhile and then reintroduce them one by one. I don't see how taking the hens away would help, but maybe.....
    I'd just try different combinations until it works!
     
  5. curlycue212

    curlycue212 In the Brooder

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    Just 2 and 5 of the regular flock
     
  6. curlycue212

    curlycue212 In the Brooder

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    Thank ya'll for the replies. Sorry been so busy haven't had a chance to get back to site since i posted.
     

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