grumpy chickens? pecking order?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Barnmaradotte, Jun 23, 2011.

  1. Barnmaradotte

    Barnmaradotte Chillin' With My Peeps

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    So this morning I removed a hen from my flock, and this afternoon when I got home one of my hens is missing her longer tailfeathers. my first thought was, who's been messing with my girls? Then I noticed all 14 of them have light feather damage all being on their backs in front of the tail. Watched for a bit and it seems several are pecking the whole bunch. They even pecked me! The smallest hen is borderline being a &!+@#. All these hens have been together since day 1, and are 16 - 17 weeks old. My guess is they are trying to redo the pecking order? do I need to remove the meanie? Any tips or input would be great being that im new to chickens.
     
  2. Barnmaradotte

    Barnmaradotte Chillin' With My Peeps

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    nothing? am I just to impatient? input would be nice. thanks
     
  3. poseygrace

    poseygrace Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If the damage gets too severe, I would move the meanie. But I would try to give it a few days to see if they sort it out on their own. They are "teens" after all, maybe it's hormonal! [​IMG] Since they are coming into their own, and their sizes and personalities are coming out, they are probably just trying to figure out pecking order.
     

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