Flock won't allow hen to eat

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Michplum, Oct 15, 2019.

  1. Michplum

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    Hi! I have a small flock of 7 hens. One hen is in the middle of a hard molt, and for 3 nights in a row her crop was empty and her poops were just water. After observing the flock for a bit I found that all the other hens were chasing her away from all the food sources whenever she tried to eat. They do not bother her otherwise, only when she attempts to eat. She has no signs of illness and has a good appetite. I had her separated for a few days, and each night her crop was very full and her poops were back to normal, but as soon as I tried putting her back with the flock they immediately started chasing her away from the food again. This is not something we have ever seen before unless a hen was visibly ill, so I'm worried that maybe she is sick, but she has no obvious signs of illness.
    Is it normal for them to do this to a molting hen? Any help is appreciated!
     
  2. ChickenCanoe

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    You need to add at least one more feeding and water station well away from the others.
     
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  3. penny1960

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    Agree totally more than one feeder even three would be better
     
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  4. Michplum

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    We already have 3. They still do it.
     
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  5. Michplum

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    We have 3 already.
     
  6. penny1960

    penny1960 Yippy Do Da, Yipptye Ay!

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    then take out that lead hen for three of four days change the leads that way
     
  7. ChickenCanoe

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    So the other hens run from feeder to feeder to prevent her from eating?
     
  8. Michplum

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    All the other 6 hens are chasing her away, not just one. Which one do I take out? I can't tell which is the lead hen.
     
  9. penny1960

    penny1960 Yippy Do Da, Yipptye Ay!

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    Okay play tag take a dish feed the one let them see it show the favor to other hens
     
  10. Michplum

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    Yes. She will go to one and whichever hen is closest will run over and chase her. Then if she goes to another feeder, any hen that sees her heading there will chase her off. Sometimes she can sneak a few pellets, but as soon as any hen notices her eating they chase her off. It is super weird.
     

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