Hen pecking

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by s6bee, Jan 14, 2008.

  1. s6bee

    s6bee Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 1, 2007
    Western, NY
    This morning I woke up to find that my SLW had her rose comb pecked at w/ dry blood, not a lot, and my Deleware had some on her beak and tail feathers. I am assuming my Deleware did the damage and the blood on her is the evidence......I can't though think of a reason they would be doing this. The only thing that comes to mind is that I have one nesting box, and if one was on it , and the other had to go, would the Deleware ( who is the aggresor in general ) peck her to get off?

    Thanks,
    Stephanie
     
  2. bigzio

    bigzio Overrun With Chickens

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    It's pretty funny sometimes how the women have a hard time getting along. Mine will give each other a good peck or two just to make sure the pecking order is truly in the correct order. It can be a ongoing process with someone who would like to move up a notch. If it isn't a real serious injury, I would say it is normal chicken behavior. Keeping a close eye on the flock is always good management and a learning experience for everyone. Best Wishes.

    bigzio
     

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