- Apr 18, 2013
We have 2 Barred Rocks and enjoyed them enough to want to get 2 more hens, so we got 2 Buff Orpington chicks. One turned out to be a rooster and since roosters are not allowed in our city, we had to give him back. So now we just have the 2 Barred Rocks and the one Buff Orpington. They sleep in the coop together at night and all is fine, but in the morning when they wake up, the Barred Rocks pick on the Buff until she is bloody. So I am having to wake up at the first sound of her squawking, so that I can run out and let her out of the coop. (All 3 free range all day.) This has been happening since we introduced them. When they are all out in the yard during the day, they chase her if she gets close and pull her feathers (and sometimes skin) out. During the day I don't worry about her as much because she can run away from them and has learned where to hang out on her own. But I would love any suggestions on what I can do to make life easier for her. Thanks!!