1. If this is your first time on BYC, we suggest you start with one of these three options:
    Raising Chickens Chicken Coops Join BYC
    If you're already a member of our community, click here to login & click here to learn what's new!

help! I need to bring order back to the flock!

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by NewChick521, Jan 27, 2016.

  1. NewChick521

    NewChick521 New Egg

    6
    0
    9
    Sep 25, 2015
    So I started with 6 hens. We had a visiting dog who scared 3 to death. With 3 left, we added 5 more hens. One of the original hens was hurt in trying to get away. I had to separate her from everyone else because they were going after her... Made her comb bleed. It's been a couple weeks because she was hurt really bad(toes were curled under and she's still limping) and for the past 2 days, I have been putting her in the run with the others. Today I removed the biggest bully (a leghorn). The hurt hen stayed in a corner all day and the others didn't seem to notice her. They all go in the coop at night... Even she hopped over, but wouldn't go all the way in... She went to the door and stopped. I tried to put her all the way and my Orpington went at her. It wasn't anything crazy, but this hen is just so beaten down and submissive to everyone and backs away that I didn't want to push the issue and now I'm so at a loss of what to do.
    Any and all advice would be appreciated!
    Thanks!
     
  2. CTKen

    CTKen Monkey business Premium Member

    22,998
    3,200
    456
    Jan 30, 2015
    Africa - near the equator
    id suggest time is the only thing that will help things. you've done all the right things so far, so continue and hopefully things will return to normal, but if not, then get some more chickens to keep the loner company - no better excuse for a bit of chicken maths [​IMG]

    all the best
    CT
     

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by