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WallyG74

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My head hen got some just desserts I’m afraid. She was always bullying the other hens AND the rooster. Apparently he had enough yesterday. I went out late yesterday to put them up and she had blood all over her comb and running down her neck. Hopefully that’s over.
 

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@416bigbore It's hard to say right now. I have a couple that are just getting back into egg laying after the molt, and I have new layer's that are just starting up at it and need to work out their system's. Then I also have a few 2 month old pullet's that will be laying probably in May.

I think that I might have the Silver Grey Dorking's sold, as they are too small for what I want. They are supposed to be a LF, but they seem small compared to the other breed's that I have.
 

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My head hen got some just desserts I’m afraid. She was always bullying the other hens AND the rooster. Apparently he had enough yesterday. I went out late yesterday to put them up and she had blood all over her comb and running down her neck. Hopefully that’s over.

Have you separated her? The other's will beat her up because of the blood. I think that I would have removed the hen prior to that, so that she would then be the lowest hen in the pecking order when she was returned to the flock.
 

WallyG74

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Have you separated her? The other's will beat her up because of the blood. I think that I would have removed the hen prior to that, so that she would then be the lowest hen in the pecking order when she was returned to the flock.
She never bloodied anyone. She was just real pushy and let everyone know she was boss. It never warranted separation. They didn’t pick on her because of the blood. It was apparently some kind of battle royale. A couple hens and the rooster had bloody combs. Today everything seems back to good. We’ll see.
 

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Have you separated her? The other's will beat her up because of the blood. I think that I would have removed the hen prior to that, so that she would then be the lowest hen in the pecking order when she was returned to the flock.
How long do they need to be separated ( Out of view ? ) from the flock for this to work? I have never heard of doing this before, does it work with ducks also?
 

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@416bigbore It's hard to say right now. I have a couple that are just getting back into egg laying after the molt, and I have new layer's that are just starting up at it and need to work out their system's. Then I also have a few 2 month old pullet's that will be laying probably in May.

I think that I might have the Silver Grey Dorking's sold, as they are too small for what I want. They are supposed to be a LF, but they seem small compared to the other breed's that I have.
I did not know what Dorkings looked like so I had to do a search. I did see where there is two different sizes, might you have the Bantam and not standard? link below, I like wiki. :)

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dorking_chicken
 

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She never bloodied anyone. She was just real pushy and let everyone know she was boss. It never warranted separation. They didn’t pick on her because of the blood. It was apparently some kind of battle royale. A couple hens and the rooster had bloody combs. Today everything seems back to good. We’ll see.
Please keep us posted. Just curious, how many chickens and how big of area you have them in?
 

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Mine are molting and are feeling very emotional right now. Oh, the drama of 13 molting hens and two senior hens experiencing henopause. Don't look at me! Yay-ouch!You can't stand there! Yay-ouch! Who pooped here? Yay-gross! Don't be a drama queen! is what the senior hens scream as they wander about in their beautiful plumage like Catholic Nuns trolling among scruffy 2nd graders. And like Catholic Nuns them old gals ain't afraid to give out a solid whack across the face now and then.
 

WallyG74

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Please keep us posted. Just curious, how many chickens and how big of area you have them in?
Yesterday I got to check them out in good light. I think the rooster just got her comb just right and it bled a lot but the damage is minimal. She got a few good licks on him too! Everyone is back to calm now. I believe that fight had to happen eventually because she was determined to be the boss in that yard. She gives him space now. No more pecks and jumps. They’ve been together since last August but he was an unsure cockerel and she’s a 2 year old hen that was never challenged before. They have plenty of room. I have 15 hens and 1 rooster. They live in a 12’x12’ coop with 875 square feet of attached run.
 

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