hens killing eachother

flight

In the Brooder
11 Years
Oct 18, 2008
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I have some Buff Wellingtons that I had to separate from my other chickens because they were fighting ALL of the time. I don't know if they are just mean birds or what. After I moved them they started to kill one another I started with seven hens and now am down to four. If I give them treats that take them some time to eat then I do not have any dead chicks. However if I miss a day or don't go out soon enough to give them the treat then I have a dead bird. I wanted this to be fun I just thought that these hens were very cute. Has anyone had this problem or know what I should do?

Thanks for the help
 

Karlachix

Songster
11 Years
Apr 21, 2008
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I"m so sorry. I had a hen die from picking a week ago, and two more had bloody backs. I made saddles of duct tape to cover thier backs and things seem to be going better. We've also enlarged their coop size.
 

flight

In the Brooder
11 Years
Oct 18, 2008
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They are 6 months old. They are in a pretty large coop now. They are not realy plucking they are hollowing out the chicken.
 

chookchick

Songster
11 Years
Aug 18, 2008
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Olympia WA

Wow, that is really awful! Please give us some more info so we can help you! What is their normal feed? Do they have it available all the time? How big is their coop and run? Can you observe them and see if there is one instigator--the others may just be following her lead. Good luck!
 

flight

In the Brooder
11 Years
Oct 18, 2008
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I am feeding them scratch and starter/grower I give it to them twice a day. the coop is a 3x3 the run is the same. I have not seen just one that is the instigator they are all mean. Everytime I go in I get pecked they just don't seem to be happy birds. I am not however ready to give up on them.
 

Colored Egg Farmer

Chicken overload
11 Years
Apr 30, 2008
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North Eastern Pa... Near NY
I had kinda the same problem. lost 15 out of 30 chickens but they finally stopped. They were the worst chickens I ever had. People say chickens can be the nicest thing ever but they can also be the meanest.
 

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