Hen attacking other hens

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by BirdiesNBunnies, Jan 21, 2016.

  1. BirdiesNBunnies

    BirdiesNBunnies Hatching

    Jan 21, 2016
    I have a Blue Andalusian hen, named Stormy that has just reached laying age. She's always been flighty, hard to catch and not very friendly.

    Today Stormy layed her egg, left her nest, and then viciously attacked my Red Star, Honey, who was quietly nesting a few boxes away. She was pecking and scratching terribly and then began mating her like a rooster. Honey finally ran off to another nest but Stormy attacked her there also and she fled the coop. Stormy left the coop as well. After a minute or two, Honey went back in to a different nest and Stormy attacked her again. I intervened at that point by removing Stormy and guarding the coop till Honey was done.

    I don't understand it because Stormy is not broody and didn't want either of the nests, plus she had already layed her egg without ceremony. She doesn't set on the eggs. She just wouldn't let Honey into any of the nests. She does not bother Honey outside of the coop.

  2. N F C

    N F C phooey! Premium Member Project Manager

    Dec 12, 2013

    You might try some pinless peepers on Stormy, they would prevent her from seeing what's directly in front of her (which today was Honey). If you put pinless peepers in the Search box in the upper left corner of the screen you should see posts about them.

    Good luck!
  3. Hholly

    Hholly Songster

    Jul 3, 2015
    Amo, IN
    I would keep her separated for a week or so and see what happens. If she still acted aggressive, separate again. Then if still bad, I would rehome her. It's not worth having a big bully around. Stresses everybody out. Good luck!
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  4. NickyKnack

    NickyKnack Love is Silkie soft!

    Welcome to BYC and the coop! There's a lot of great peeps here! Feel free to ask lots of questions. But most of all, make yourself at home. I'm so glad you decided to joined the BYC family. I look forward to seeing you around BYC. My girls get cranky during winter. They usually start picking on one or the other. I'll tie apples (that have been cored) on string just out of reach. They use up all their aggression and extra energy eating the apples, so they leave eachother alone. A head of cabbage is also good to use. Good luck with your girls!

  5. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Flockwit Premium Member

    Jan 30, 2015
    Africa - near the equator
    Hi and a warm welcome to BYC. You already have great advice so I'll just say a big hello.

    Good luck

  6. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    Welcome to BYC. Maybe she has reasons (hormonal ??? or otherwise) but, she just sounds psycho to me.
  7. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

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

  8. ChickNanny13

    ChickNanny13 Free Ranging

    Jun 23, 2013
    The Big Island/Hawaii

    I agree with Hholly, try "time out" but if that don't work it's time to rehome. Good luck

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