Help !! Broody hen and another being super aggressive

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by chloehearle, May 29, 2016.

  1. chloehearle

    chloehearle New Egg

    May 29, 2016
    Hi all,
    I'm new to this online forum so apologies for any mistakes.

    I have 3 hens, they are 2 years old and I have had them since they were chicks.
    They have always got along lovely, they have a big chicken house and run.

    One hen went broody a couple of weeks ago.. She has been lay in the box for ages- Iv taken her out , removed eggs etc - but every time the broody hen goes down from the laying box one of the other 2 hens runs at her and attacks her (pins her down with her feet and pecks her her face) it's awful to see.
    Iv brought some 'chill out' today - I have kept chickens since a young age & grew up in a farm. I guess Iv been lucky as Iv never experienced a aggressive chicken before.

    Any help would be great- I'm literally pulling my hair out.

    Thank you

  2. Yorkshire Coop

    Yorkshire Coop Moderator Staff Member

    Aug 16, 2014
    Yorkshire, UK
    My Coop
    Hi :welcome Chloe

    We were all new once and you have done just fine with your first post :highfive:

    My best guess would be that she is being attacked because they are seeing her as a threat to the pecking order. While she is brooding in the nest box she is out of the flock dynamics. When she comes out or you put her out they may be seeing her as a newcomer so to speak.
    I would try to break her from this broodiness if your not wanting chicks. Check out this article on it ~

    I'm sure more members will be along who can offer more advice too.

    Good luck with your determined hen and enjoy your time here on BYC :frow
  3. chloehearle

    chloehearle New Egg

    May 29, 2016
    I think Iv broken the brooding, but she is now staying inside because of the other chicken attacking her.
    It's just the one chicken who is being aggressive, the minute she goes out aggressive hen runs for her! The other chicken stays out of the way and doesn't seemed bothered.
    Thank you for your reply xx

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