Help Me if you care about chickens !

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by GingerJane, Oct 23, 2013.

  1. GingerJane

    GingerJane Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have two silkie hens that stay in the nesting box because of fear of bully hens, I got them in august, they were fine for a while, but now for a month they won't come out, because they are terrified of some hens, they have to be miserable.

    Can this be fixed? What can I do? Can I do anything ????
     
  2. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Overrun With Chickens

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    I'd isolate the most dominant, agressive birds from the other chickens for two weeks or so. When you put them back in, they should be lower in the pecking order, and hopefully won't be too mean to the Silkies.

    How much room do your birds have? The Silkies might be scared because they can't get far enough away from the other birds. Ideally, chickens should have at least two square feet of inside space and five square feet of outside space.

    Silkies do tend to be a rather timid, submissive breed. They may always be like this. I know that some of my birds, once dominated and fought by another chicken, are often frightened of them. Even if the dominant bird is no longer mean to them, they still run when they see it. Eventually, they begin to feel more comfortable around the dominant bird/birds.
     
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  3. GingerJane

    GingerJane Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Well I don't have another coop, should i just buy a small coop to put the bullies in?
     
  4. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Overrun With Chickens

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    Yes, you could do that. If you have a dog crate/kennel, you can also put them in there temporarily. Even large cardboard boxes could be used for a temporary home.
     
  5. tatertot

    tatertot Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I would...
     
  6. GingerJane

    GingerJane Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Good news! They got over being scared and isolated they are 100% comfortable with the other hens, they do not get picked on anymore! Everyone is all happy!!! :)
     

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