Help - bad chicken behavior

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by peaceonearth, Apr 18, 2017.

  1. peaceonearth

    peaceonearth Hatching

    Apr 18, 2017
    Hi! I was on your website looking at poultry issues. I have read the section under cannibalism. I have a sweet underweight Cochin that has been bullied unmercilessly (and has an open wound) by my other 6 hens. They have a large 8x10 coop and 8x15 run. They have plenty of space, food etc. The only thing that stands out is they are all different breeds.

    My two hens (a super blue egged from my petchicken and barred rock) have pulled feathers also from two other birds in my flock. My question..should I nurse the Cochin (separately from the others...which I am doing now) and try to reintroduce her back in flock or rehome the two top birds? We are at our wits end and don't know what to do.

    Any help would be appreciated!

  2. Hillaire

    Hillaire Chirping

    Mar 13, 2017
    Hudson Valley NY
    ugh I hate feather pluckers... I have had a mixed bag of success when it comes to this issue... I have added higher % protein feed with and without success I have added more things to play on (outdoor roosts, logs, leaves) with success. Sometimes though... they just want to yank feathers out... I have only had to sell one with the pre notion to the buyer of her behavior. Keep that cochin separated until she heals and bring her back to the flock... if they get nasty with her you will have to do the reintroduction methods as stated all throughout the site here... good luck feather plucking is no fun.
  3. redsoxs

    redsoxs Crowing

    Jul 17, 2011
    North Central Kansas
  4. Teila

    Teila Bambrook Bantams Premium Member

    G’Day from down under peaceonearth [​IMG] Welcome!

    Feather pecking/eating was a Topic of the Week in the past and you may find this thread helpful:

    I hope you enjoy being a BYC member. There are lots of friendly and very helpful folks here so not only is it overflowing with useful information it is also a great place to make friends and have some fun.

    You might want to also pop in and say hello on your local thread: ‘Find your State’s thread.

    If you would like to share pictures and stories of your flock, you have come to the right place. BYC’ers never tire of these and do not back away slowly or commence eye rolling when the photo album or home videos come out [​IMG]
  5. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Flockwit Premium Member

    Jan 30, 2015
    Africa - near the equator
    Hi and welcome to BYC. I'd suggest reading through the link given by Teila and trying a suite of changes - usually one intervention alone, will not do the trick. It's a case of trial and error though.

    Best wishes

  6. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    Please remove the cochin before they end up killing it. When chickens see blood/red, they go nuts. You can put Blu-kote on her wounds so they won't look red but, the bullies will still recognize her. If the cochin has a friend in the flock that doesn't bully her, I would put both of them together . I have very low tolerance for any "bad acting," animals of any kind. I'd either rehome the baddies with explanation "why," or ?????

    You could try putting pinless peepers on the bad ones, it prevents from seeing straight ahead so their aim is off. They probably will annoy the meanies just enough to make them forget about the cochin. Put "pinless peepers," in the search box to read all about them.

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