Hens aggressive pecking

GT Earthan

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I have 24 country chickens in my deep litter farm out of them 3 are 1 and half year olds others are 4 month olds the big ones are always trying to chase away the young by pecking aggresively from food or they are pecking without any reason can anyone suggest some tips to stop this please?
 

GT Earthan

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It is a 250 sq foot place with 5 feeders and nipple drinkers the older hens are always stalking the young and pecking
 
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Great you have multiple feed/drink. If it's just a peck I think it's ok, but if it is bad with blood or injuries etc then something more needs to be done like cage /isolate the 3 hen bullies in their own area if possible.
 

GT Earthan

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But will they be okay when they grow old or do I need to separate them in batches of 8 now itself.
 
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But will they be okay when they grow old or do I need to separate them in batches of 8 now itself.
I don't think that's necessary in batches of 8. If your bullies are separate then all should be ok. You can try to reintroduce the bullies when you want and if they continue to bully then just separate them again. It just sounds like normal pecking order though if nobody is getting injured. But if you think the younger ones aren't eating enough because of the bullies then keep bullies separate for now.
 

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