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Hens Ganging Up on One

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by WanderRight, Apr 26, 2016.

  1. WanderRight

    WanderRight New Egg

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    I hope this is the right place to post this; if not, I'm sorry.

    4 out of my 7 hens have taken to attacking one of the more submissive ones, Nina. Nina was one of the first hens we got, so I've had her over two years. This only started within the last couple weeks. If Nina goes within sight of the flock, one of the bullies will chase her down and pounce, pecking at her head. Her head has a bald spot now and her comb is torn up. Blue Kote did not deter them.

    I know chickens have an important pecking order, but even Svenia, the undisputed boss, has never been this violent. We tried putting two of the bullies in solitary for a few days, but as soon as they got out, they went straight for her.

    Nina is currently living outside but separated. She's very unhappy (though still laying and eating/drinking normally). She is the sweetest of the hens and a reliable egg layer to boot, so is there anything I can do to get her back into the flock safely?
     
  2. Janice123456

    Janice123456 Out Of The Brooder

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    My friend swears by standing with the flock and add soon as the bully starts bang a loud pan . She said it gets their attention. I read about someone squirting with water towards the bully.
     
  3. WanderRight

    WanderRight New Egg

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    I've heard that that works, but I'm not able to stand out there all day. If I do it enough some evenings, will they get out of the habit of harassing her?
     
  4. eweatherford

    eweatherford New Egg

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    My blue cochin is being mean to my silkies. The cochin is 8 weeks and the silkies are 6. She is biting them they are pitiful. :( what to do? I've tried yelling at the moment she bites them but that doesn't seem to phase her.
     

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