I can't determine which hen is the bully

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Shellybaby28, Jan 17, 2019.

  1. Shellybaby28

    Shellybaby28 Hatching

    Jan 17, 2019
    Hello. I have 11 RIR hens and just over the last few days one particular hen is being very bullied. The feathers from its neck have been plucked though I can't see skin. I spent an hour outside this morning trying to determine which hen is being the bully but the bullied hen seems to be wary of all the other hens. What should I do??
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  2. BarnhartChickens98

    BarnhartChickens98 Songster

    Oct 28, 2018
    Manhiem, Pennnsylvania
    Welcome to BYC!!! Have these hens all been together or were they all recently integrated? If there is any blood at all it would be wise to either separate the bullied hen or treat the wound with blu-kote.
  3. staceyj

    staceyj Enabler

    Jan 1, 2017
    Coastal NC
    My Coop
    This might not be a case of bullying.
    She could be molting.

    It’s common to see evidence of featherloss around their neck.

    And I’ve found with my birds that some of them seem sort
    Of “off” and hesitant to “hang with her homies”.

    What color is this birds comb? Bright or pale?

    Gently pick her up and check for all over for lice, mites, boo-boos and pin feathers coming in.
    Sometimes when you gently lift their outer feathers they look like a porcupine disguised as a chicken!

    Please come back and let us know.
  4. EggSighted4Life

    EggSighted4Life Free Ranging

    Apr 9, 2016
    California's Redwood Coast
    Hi, welcome to BYC! :frow

    How old are these hens? How much space do they have and what are you feeding including treats and supplements?

    Is it possible that it's molting? Pics can be helpful. :)
  5. BarnhartChickens98

    BarnhartChickens98 Songster

    Oct 28, 2018
    Manhiem, Pennnsylvania
    Didn't think of that, but it definitley is a likely possibility.
    Last edited: Jan 17, 2019
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  6. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler!

    Nov 27, 2012
    SW Michigan
    My Coop
    How old are birds?
    How much space do they have, in feet by feet?
    Dimensions and pics of coop would help.

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