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hen just began being savagely pecked

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by lisafromvermont, Mar 5, 2013.

  1. lisafromvermont

    lisafromvermont In the Brooder

    Mar 5, 2013
    i have 10 hens and a rooster. the last 6 had been added ~5 months ago and have been fine until the other day when one of the newer ones didn't want to come back in the coop at the end of the day, and when we put her in she was attacked by many. today she is sitting on the roost, has a broken beak and many feathers have been pulled off. when she came down to eat she was immediately attacked. any suggestions? i am have only had chickens since last spring so am still very inexperienced and appreciate any advice. i am open to either giving her away or dispatching her if hat is the best option; i hate to see her suffering so. thanks for any help...

  2. Den in Penn

    Den in Penn Songster

    Dec 15, 2011
    SE Pa.
    Welcome to BYC.

    I would at least separate her for observation. Sometimes chickens can turn on a sick flock mate. If after she has a couple days observation and she is acting normal try her with the flock again. Be ready to remove her if the others attack her. That is when I would remove her permanently.
  3. redsoxs

    redsoxs Crowing

    Jul 17, 2011
    North Central Kansas
    Greetings from Kansas, Lisa, and [​IMG]! Great to have you with us but sorry to hear about your hen. I agree with Den in Penn - sometimes chickens can be ruthless when they see vulnerability from another in the flock. You might isolate but if she can't be reintegrated something more permanent will have to be done. Good luck with your situation!
  4. delisha

    delisha Crowing

    Oct 13, 2012
    Racine, WI -
    My Coop
    How big is your coop?
    If her beak is broken she might not be able to eat. You were given good advise about separating her.

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