- Mar 6, 2014
Ok, let me start off by saying that I am very new to chickens! I got my first four, bantam cochins, back at the beginning of March. They were about 12 weeks old, now about 19-20 weeks, and had been raised together, no issues. I inherited my sisters RIR, who is a standard and full grown, bout a week ago. My roo, one of my cochins, pecked a few times, now he just watches her when she leaves the coop, but one of the lady cochins, I am guessing is the "alpha female" really doesnt like when my RIR leaves the coop. The only time they really have an issue with her is when she gets into the pen. I have seen no issues at night in the coop. They let her eat and drink, sleep on the roost with them. Well I woke up this morning, cochins were out already, normal there. Went to feed and water, opened the coop and saw this big red spot, a little red trail in the pine, and another little spot on the other wall, this is almost directly below their roost as well.. No injuries to anyone, everyone is walking around fine. No ruffled feathers, cochins are playing and eating fine. RIR is fine, no spots, no ruffled feathers, nothing is out of place. Really weird. No extra feathers on the coop floor like they were fighting. I dont think it was a scuffle, my husband thinks it may be related to the fact they may be getting close to laying. I am not sure of RIR exact age, but I know she is at least 25 weeks. Any information would be greatly. I am kind of freaking out no knowing what happened.. Thank you!!