Hens are fighting after 3 hens killed

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by crosenfeld1111, Aug 1, 2016.

  1. crosenfeld1111

    crosenfeld1111 Hatching

    Aug 1, 2016
    Help! Something got into my hen yard yesterday and killed 3 out of 6 of my hens. Today, after releasing them to wander the yard while I "clean up", they started fighting. Seriously fighting. Like cock fights. Mostly two against the one. I assume they are all extremely upset from last night... but this is scary. I've separated out the one they are attacking and I've put them in separate horse stalls for the night. I hope they are over it tomorrow but if not, I'm not sure what I'll do. ?? Is it normal for them to fight after a "tragedy"?? Thanks, Christine
  2. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Chicken tender

    Jul 16, 2015
    central Wisconsin
    They are fighting to establish a new pecking order. I would let them work it out unless it's getting bloody. Separating them only prolongs it.
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