Hen getting picked

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by hugitnotnugget, May 22, 2019.

  1. hugitnotnugget

    hugitnotnugget Songster

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    Soo got this hen as a pullet. She has always been skiddish and always acts like the world is coming to an end. As a pullet I introduced her to the adult hens and the first thing she did was run straight up to them and aggressively pecked their ankles.. that’s how she got the name Talus. As an adult she always would be aggressive first and pick fights.. that should would lose and run away. She had a bad molt and is missing a lot of feathers. When she sneaks into our house she crouches when she walks. She as always acted like her was constantly being attacked but she really has only started to get attacked the last 3 months. Our bantam rooster and our new Egyptian hen (I forget the breed name) will now chase her around. She doesn’t get wounds except for a few cuts on her comb now and then but she is constantly alert and scared and I feel bad for her. I’m not sure what I can do to help her. Any ideas!?
     

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  2. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Great Horny Toads

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    Looks like a red sex link hen. They can often need more protein in their diet than other breeds. What are you feeding? I personally would lock that rooster up or get rid of him. A rooster should take care of all hens and help keep the peace. Some bantam roosters are like that. They are only interested is a few select hens.
     
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  3. chickens really

    chickens really Crazy Call Duck Momma

    I'd separate her or the Rooster. She definitely doesn't fit into the mix.
     
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  4. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler!

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    When did she molt?
    Are these pics before or after the molt?
    Ditto on @oldhenlikesdogs question on the feed.

    I assume you are in the northern hemisphere....but...
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  5. hugitnotnugget

    hugitnotnugget Songster

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    This is what she looked like before the molt. I would be willing to give her away if I knew someone who would take her and treat her right but I don’t know anyone who would or would at least keep an eye on her to keep her happy. The rooster only picks on her and only chases her and pecks her now and than but not more than normal chicken behavior. It’s weird because she never has marks from them but she is always so panicked. Maybe she just feels too vulnerable with the molt? She had this bad molt since last summer. I live in upstate NY so it gets cold in winter but I brought her in the house on cold days. Is there a way I can get her feathers back? I can’t blame the rooster or the other hen for chasing her. She runs around saying baa like something is always wrong. She walked right over the others backs when on the perch. She definitely calls attention to herself. I feed her and the other layer pellets. They are completely free range with lots of bugs and I give them bird feed and mealworms now and than as a treat. I just want her to be happier and not so paranoid. I feel bad for her. She has always been a little paranoid though. It has just gotten worse with the bad molt.
     

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