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Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Darren911, Jan 11, 2014.

  1. Darren911

    Darren911 New Egg

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    Hi All, I am brand new and a very novice, I have just got 2 'laying hens' and one seems to constantly pick on the other, The pen is quite small (about 3m x 2m) at the moment but is due to be extended which according to the instructions accommodates 6-8 chickens but my wife says they need more space. I don't know if they came from the same brood but is it normal to arrange the 'pecking order' so vigarously early doors, i think they are about 8 months. Thanks in advance for your thoughts! P.S. I have had 2 eggs on the first day today
     
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    tootsieroll1301 Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi! welcome to BYC! Glad you joined us. Sorry I don't have any advise. [​IMG][​IMG]
     
  3. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life Out of the Woods Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC!
     
  4. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Show me the way old friend... Staff Member

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    Hi there, [​IMG]and welcome to BYC!

    Chickens do pick on each other if they feel cramped in. So you need to provide as much space as you can. Give them things to do in their run such as hanging veggies, cabbages, pecking seed blocks, etc...so they have something other to do than pick on each other. Get them out to free range if you can for the entertainment. Give them an over all exam to look for any health issues they might be having as ill birds can become aggressive, and sick birds can get picked on. Make sure this picked on bird has access to the feed and water as many times the more aggressive bird will prevent the other from getting food or water. If you have tried everything you can to solve this issue, you might consider rehoming or sending the aggressive bird to the stew pot. Keep the gentler bird.

    Good luck with your birds and it is great to have you aboard!
     
  5. Darren911

    Darren911 New Egg

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    Thanks for the advice, I have heard that hanging apples and veg helps but its nice to confirm from someone who knows. Thank you again.
     
  6. Darren911

    Darren911 New Egg

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    Thank you for a warm welcome
     
  7. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 True BYC Addict Premium Member

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    Hello :frow and Welcome To BYC!
     
  8. gander007

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  9. Darren911

    Darren911 New Egg

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    Thank you
     

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