Help! Misfit hen, sick and or bullying?

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by wannabefarmgal, May 16, 2016.

  1. wannabefarmgal

    wannabefarmgal New Egg

    May 16, 2016
    Vista ca
    Hi there!
    I'm new to this group as well as owning chickens! I have 6 lady hens. 1 is a Golden Laced Polish - who i'm not sure is sick? a little slow? or what....

    They are still young (bought on Easter- and already had many adult feathers at that time- maybe they were 6 weeks then?)
    I have them in an expend temporarily and in the garage at night because our coop is not quite done yet (ugh). Last night I noticed blood on Tina and examined her butt. It was all bloody and her thick course tail feathers were half missing and some were broken off (where a 1 inch piece was still left). This morning she was all dried up, no more bleeding. She has always separated herself from the others- she's a bit of a loner. I don't have any roosters. I thought maybe she was sick... but when I put her in the group this morning a couple went RIGHT for her but/tail area to peck. I was told about the blue spray but I don't know if that will help since they also pecked at the top (base) of her tail. I separated her all day today (in garage) and just tried again to see if it was one hen pecking- but it was 2 or 3!! I read it's not good to separate her but separate the peckers..... (but my hands are tied b/c I don't have an extra Pen right now..) I wasn't sure if she was sick? Help! what should I do??

  2. wannabefarmgal

    wannabefarmgal New Egg

    May 16, 2016
    Vista ca
    And... I also just noticed one of my light brahmas is missing some end feathers on the top side of her tail area too -but nothing like the polish.
  3. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    If you aren't able to keep them separate - you will probably end up with badly mutilated or dead birds. Can you borrow dog crates or something like that to put them in, to stop this while you come up with another solution - rehome them - or rehome the bully (that would be the one with no sores or missing feathers.
  4. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Flockless Premium Member

    Jan 30, 2015
    Africa - near the equator
    Hi Sarah and welcome to BYC - you have some great advice already. As DD says, it could just be a bully hen that needs to be removed, but the way in which you keep your chickens could be adding (or not) to the problem. Insufficient run space, too few feeding stations and nowhere for the victims to hide / find cover can exacerbate what you are experiencing.

    All the best
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  5. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

    Jun 15, 2012
    Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us! :)
  6. wannabefarmgal

    wannabefarmgal New Egg

    May 16, 2016
    Vista ca
    Also strange is the polish dies these strange circles. It's like she's lost or something. She definitely perches alone

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