1. If this is your first time on BYC, we suggest you start with one of these three options:
    Raising Chickens Chicken Coops Join BYC
    If you're already a member of our community, click here to login & click here to learn what's new!

Introduced a new hen - noise and pecking cause for worry?!

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by alfiethetortoise, Nov 28, 2011.

  1. alfiethetortoise

    alfiethetortoise Out Of The Brooder

    13
    0
    22
    Nov 25, 2011
    I got two Speckeldy hens on Late Saturday afternoon. I added a brown hen today. She went in no bother, bit of pecking from the other two but they seemed to lay off after 10 mins as I sat and watched them. However the noise is awful! One hen persists on pecking the new hen whenever she walks by. There is no blood or anything major at the moment. The other two were not vocal at all before except a bit of a cluck in the morning. Soon it will be dark. Shall i take her out and put her in the roost in an hour, or leave them to fight it out?
     
  2. stormylady

    stormylady Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 27, 2008
    Illinois
    No if there not drawing blood, leave them alone to deal with the pecking order issues, their going to do that each time if you separate them but they will have to work it out all over again each time. BTW, did the chickens come from the same place? You should always quarenteen (sp) any new hens. I know that there all new but if they come from different places they could bring in different health problems to each other. Are they your only 3 hen/chickens that you have? And congrats on your new girls! Are your Speckledey hens Speckled Sussex?? That is the best breed ever! [​IMG] em!! [​IMG] Sandy
     
  3. alfiethetortoise

    alfiethetortoise Out Of The Brooder

    13
    0
    22
    Nov 25, 2011
    No they didn't come from the same place! There is a little blood on the new hen and a few lost feathers. Would a peck spray help?
     
  4. stormylady

    stormylady Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 27, 2008
    Illinois
    I would take her out and clean her up, maybe use some blue coat or something like that because they will both go for her if they see the blood. But I'm pretty sure because it is mainly one hen pecking on her it is pecking order issues. What breeds do you have? Some are alot mellower than other and tend to be pecked on. Watch them closely for any signs of Illness for about a month and check for and treat for lice or fleas if they have any.
     
  5. stormylady

    stormylady Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 27, 2008
    Illinois
    I would put her back in with the other two after you have made sure she is alright and it was just a little peck and cleaned her up so no red shows. another thing I forgot to ask is are they roughly the same age/size? And do you have pictures (thats mostly cause I love seeing others birds) [​IMG]
     
  6. alfiethetortoise

    alfiethetortoise Out Of The Brooder

    13
    0
    22
    Nov 25, 2011
    Ok, i cleaned her up and sprayed her with some spray that will (supposedly) reduce further pecking and has some anti back in it. The other hen seems to be leaving her alone. One of the other two is the main bully, but the other will have the odd peck! The Bullies are speckledy hens, and the victim a normal brown. The spckledys are younger but about the same size if not a little bigger. I have pictures, will try and load some on!
     
  7. alfiethetortoise

    alfiethetortoise Out Of The Brooder

    13
    0
    22
    Nov 25, 2011
    [​IMG]

    These are the two speckledy


    [​IMG]

    This is the red hen
     
  8. alfiethetortoise

    alfiethetortoise Out Of The Brooder

    13
    0
    22
    Nov 25, 2011
    *update* the chicken that is being pecked is not going to roost with the other two chickens. Unsurprising, though the other two do look half asleep! Shall i just put her in and leave them to it?!
     

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by