- Jun 8, 2010
I have a 1 yr old Barred Rock who fell off her roost and hit her head. She only had superficial wounds which I have treated and healed but the other hens were pecking at her in the beginning. I had removed her from the flock to heal up her head/comb and now that I have put her back, the other hens are constantly picking on her, bullying her and making her completely submissive. She will not eat or drink unless she is sitting in my lap (being protected) and will stay in a high place to get away from everyone until I come in. When I sit down on my bench she climbs into my lap and wants food and water. I do not think she is broody (at least isn't acting like a normal broody - isn't in a nest box, isn't sitting on any of the eggs, etc) but she is definitely not right. Is there a way to re-introduce to her to the flock, prevent the flock from terrorizing her, get her to eat and drink without being cuddled????? My husband thinks I have successfully ruined yet another farm animal and turned them into a lap pet (like my 300lb suffolk ram who lays next to me and tries to roll into my lap). Help!