GLW bully hen. Can she be trained?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by rubysmom, Jul 2, 2008.

  1. rubysmom

    rubysmom Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We have 5 pullets in an urban coop. The coop is 8x6 and the run is 25x8 so I dont think space is the problem?We feed organic chick starter and our pullets are all 17 weeks old and have been together from day one.

    Our GLW has decided to start bullying all the others, picking feathers off the brahmas feet, pecking heads and pulling and eating feathers of the bum of our Production Red. She also pushes the others off the roost at night until she finds the spot she wants. She is becoming a major pain.

    Can this behavior be stopped once it starts and will my other chickens start acting out also? I hate to get rid of her because my daughter just loves her so much but I don't want my other birds to suffer or turn into bullies. The others are all super sweet. Could she possibly mellow out after she starts laying? I don't want to give up but I have already tried a few things like the blukote and no pick, squirting her with water when she pecks and it seems like its getting worse? Can they change ? Grateful for any advice...
     
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  2. dangerouschicken

    dangerouschicken Will Barter For Coffee

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    Well, I have a mean rooster I am getting rid of. He is ripping holes in my pullets heads. I think if they are hurting the other chickens, you don't have a choice.
     
  3. rubysmom

    rubysmom Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I know, its just so sad [​IMG]
    Thanks again
     

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