mean ckickens

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by trueorganics, Aug 27, 2014.

  1. trueorganics

    trueorganics Out Of The Brooder

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    So we have a variety of breeds and ages of chickens today we brought home a black Cochin hen and it seems to wanna fight with a few of the other hens what can I do we dont need bald chickens
     
  2. lightchick

    lightchick Overrun With Chickens

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    They may just be going through the pecking order. Sounds like your new one is very dominating!
     
  3. BantamLover21

    BantamLover21 Overrun With Chickens

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    It is normal for chickens to fight a little when they are first introduced. They have to establish the pecking order somehow. I would only get concerned about your Black Cochin hen fighting if she begins to draw blood or injures the birds in some other way. A few feathers may be lost, and she may chase a couple of other birds around, but in most cases, the pecking order is resolved in a few days.

    However, if I were you, I would not have introduced your hen to the rest of your flock immediately. It is best to quarantine all new birds for at least 2 weeks before putting them in with other birds. Otherwise, you risk infecting your flock with a disease, carried by the new bird. If possible, I would remove your new Cochin from the flock, separate her as far away from them as you can, and at least watch her for a week. There are many stories of people who have had to cull their entire flock because they chose not to/didn't know to quarantine new birds.
     
  4. trueorganics

    trueorganics Out Of The Brooder

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    Normally we do quarantine but we got the Cochin from our reg breeder and thanks hopefully they dont get to rough with each other
     
  5. iwiw60

    iwiw60 Overrun With Chickens

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    It doesn't really matter where you got the bird from, you should quarantine the new member for the safety of your existing flock just in case....
     
  6. bobbi-j

    bobbi-j Chicken Obsessed

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    It does sound like your hen is trying to establish her place in the pecking order. That does not make her a "bad" hen. Just a strong-willed one, the way it sounds. Quarantine is a personal choice. If you trust your source, the chickens there all look healthy, your birds are healthy, I don't think it's quite as crucial as when you pick them up from an auction, sale, or unknown flock. I know some will disagree with me on this, and that's fine. This is just my personal opinion.
     

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