Guineas bullying smallest hen

Discussion in 'Guinea Fowl' started by cityguinea, Oct 27, 2015.

  1. cityguinea

    cityguinea New Egg

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    I have 4 guineas, I believe 3 are female and 1 male. I have noticed that the larger 3 guineas, 2 females and a male, rentlentlessly have been attacking our smallest guinea hen. We have tried separating the bullies from her but she keeps looking for the bullies and is anxious when the bullies are not around. She seems so anxious she ignores food we put out for her despite being prevented from eating with the bullies around. Does anyone have any solutions for me? We live in the city and cannot separate the guineas through large stretches of land.
     
  2. GandalfGoose

    GandalfGoose Out Of The Brooder

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    Sorry no one has answered you yet, but first welcome to BYC! I don't know if I have a really good answer for you as I am having the same issue with my flock. I have one hen that has a permanent injury and can't keep up with the rest and the rest have recently started bullying her. I think it may be a seasonal thing, since they were all getting along well during spring and summer, but since it has turned to fall they seem to have separated (as best as I can tell) into two groups, one males the other females, and have not been getting along that great, but they all have no problem getting along to pick on the injured one. I feel bad because she tries really hard to get along with them, but they just don't like her at the moment. Sorry that doesn't really answer your question, but at least you aren't alone with this problem!
     
  3. shortgrass

    shortgrass Overrun With Chickens

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    Are you absolutely positive that it's a female getting picked on? It sounds like male behavior us why I ask...
    Guinea can be relentlessly mean. They are very territorial, so its usually the males causing the chases while the females make the racket ;)

    If you are positive that the one getting picked in is a hen, then take a look at the big ones and cull to one male if you can. They don't bond quite like chickens, but they will separate off come mating season, and the males will start being jerks to each other, so one male in a small flock such as yours would be ideal.

    It could be puberty lol; they are like teenagers, and when one gets picked in, it becomes the bottom bird and everyone else will follow suit to gang up on the underdog. Time and maturity and pecking order will settle it down by spring :)
     
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