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Hen & Rooster bully

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by margcook, Jan 29, 2016.

  1. margcook

    margcook Hatching

    Jan 29, 2016
    So I've been reading a lot of posts on whether to separate the bully or the chicken being bullied. I'm unsure what to do in my situation. I have a rooster and a hen pecking my other hen bloody, I've put thick layers of Vicks vapor rub on her to try and deter them and it no longer bothers them. I was considering putting my injured hen in a dog crate so she can heal, should I put the hen and rooster in a seperate jail as well? I also just got 10 chicks about 6 weeks old I don't want them to start to bully them once I take out the injured hen. Help.. I love my chickens I just want them to play nice.

  2. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Flockless Premium Member

    Jan 30, 2015
    Africa - near the equator
    If theres blood, then separate her as chickens are relentless when they see blood. Once she heals, then try removing the main protagonist from the others for a few days and see how that goes. I guess, since girls and boys have their own hierarchy it may make more sense to remove the aggressive hen and see how the victim hen gets on with the roo. It might be a case of suck it and see.

    As for your 10 chicks, theres lots of threads on integrating new flock members, so make sure you take a squizz at those.

    All the best
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  3. Lukedawg

    Lukedawg In the Brooder

    Feb 12, 2015
    Akron, IN
    Agreed with CTken. My grandparents always told me well give it your best shot but in the end whichever one is more beneficial to you stays and the other one makes a great stew!!!!! No sense in sacrafising productivity or relaxing atmosphere for one chicken!
    Good luck!!
  4. margcook

    margcook Hatching

    Jan 29, 2016
    I'm worried about infection.. Nothing seems to have changed the injured hen is still eating and acting normal. Just worried about infection or disease once I integrate her back into my flock. I'm I thinking to much into trying to fix her?
  5. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Flockless Premium Member

    Jan 30, 2015
    Africa - near the equator
    I would have thought that the injuries are only minor? If so, then cleaning with saline solution and then treating with iodine or other antiseptic liquids should do the trick. Once she heals, then its time to consider your next move.

  6. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

    Nov 27, 2012
    SW Michigan
    My Coop
    Welcome to BYC!

    Your main concern with adding her back to the others should be.... will they start picking on her again?
    If she still has a bloody wound, they will certainly go after the blood.

    How bad is the wound...can you post pics?
    Birds usually heal up pretty well and quickly if wound is kept clean.
    Best to leave it alone if no infection shows, just like human wound.
    Plain triple antibiotic ointment(with NO pain relief ingredient) works well to fight topical infection and keep wound moist.

    More info about your flock coop and run might help us help you.
    Integration can be hard if you're not set up with separate, but adjacent, spaces in coop and run.

    ETA:Will add this in case you haven't seen it.
    Here's some notes I've taken on integration that I found to be very helpful.......
    ......take what applies or might help and ignore the rest.
    See if any of them, or the links provided at the bottom, might offer some tips that will assist you in your situation:

    Integration of new chickens into flock.

    Consider medical quarantine:
    BYC Medical Quarantine Article
    Poultry Biosecurity
    BYC 'medical quarantine' search

    It's about territory and resources(space/food/water). Existing birds will almost always attack new ones.
    Understanding chicken behaviors is essential to integrating new birds into your flock.

    Confine new birds within sight but physically segregated from older/existing birds for several weeks, so they can see and get used to each other but not physically interact. Integrating new birds of equal size works best.

    The more space, the better.
    Birds will peck to establish dominance, the pecked bird needs space to get away. As long as there's no blood drawn and/or new bird is not trapped/pinned down, let them work it out. Every time you interfere or remove new birds, they'll have to start the pecking order thing all over again.

    Multiple feed/water stations. Dominance issues are most often carried out over sustenance, more stations lessens the frequency of that issue.

    Places for the new birds to hide out of line of sight and/or up and away from any bully birds.

    In adjacent runs, spread scratch grains along the dividing mesh, best of mesh is just big enough for birds to stick their head thru, so they get used to eating together.

    Another option, if possible, is to put all birds in a new coop and run, this takes the territoriality issues away.

    For smaller chicks I used a large wire dog crate right in the coop for the smallers. I removed the crate door and put up a piece of wire fencing over the opening and bent up one corner just enough for the smallers to fit thru but the biggers could not. Feed and water inside the crate for the smallers. Make sure the smallers know how to get in and out of the crate opening before exposing them to the olders. this worked out great for me, by the time the crate was too small for the them to roost in there(about 3 weeks), they had pretty much integrated themselves to the olders. If you have too many smallers to fit in a crate you can partition off part of the coop with a wire wall and make the same openings for smallers escape.

    Best example ever of chick respite and doors by azygous https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/1069595/introducing-chicks-to-adults#post_16276224

    Read up on integration..... BYC advanced search>titles only>integration
    This is good place to start reading:
    Last edited: Jan 31, 2016

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