Mean Henny Penny

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by SconnieChicks, Sep 23, 2012.

  1. SconnieChicks

    SconnieChicks Out Of The Brooder

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    Sep 23, 2012
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    I just started raising some chicken a few weeks ago. I received 3 more smaller ones yesterday and one of my laying hens "Henny Penny" is continually chasing them tries to chase them out of the coop. Should I be worried?
     
  2. Silkie Chicken

    Silkie Chicken King Silkie

    Feb 22, 2012
    Is she pecking them on the head
     
  3. hillbillyfarmer

    hillbillyfarmer Out Of The Brooder

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    Welcome to BYC! I take it from your post that you are new to raising chickens so let me try to explain. They have what is called the pecking order where one hen or rooster is the dominant one and they peck and/or chase the ones that are below them to express this dominance. Also when introducing new chickens to your flock you should do it gradually by keeping them separate from each other but where they can still see each other this will reduce the pecking/chasing but not eliminate it when you do put them together. But as long as she is not hurting them by being too aggressive I would not be too worried because they will work it out themselves. Hope this answers your question.
     

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