mean maran

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by otto1969, Feb 9, 2017.

  1. otto1969

    otto1969 Just Hatched

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    when I say mean I am talking down right nasty... just got my first two birds an EE and a BCM. The maran is beating the snot out of the EE every time it trys to eat water or go to roost. the only time it is safe is when its on top of the feeder. the minute she comes down WHAM. its hard to watch... I have thought about putting up another roost, a second feeder and a second water dish so they don't have to compete for territory. does this sound like a viable option or are some birds just a lost cause??? This whole thing has got me stressed out .... I cant imagine how my EE feels.... any words of wisdom would truly be appreciated Otto
     
  2. KikisGirls

    KikisGirls Be Happy! Read more. Premium Member

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    how long have you had these two? Edit...you just got them....*Did you get them together?
    did they just "meet" each other or have they grown up together?
     
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  3. otto1969

    otto1969 Just Hatched

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    got them together, same farm, different coops... about a week ago.
     
  4. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Monkey Business Premium Member

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    Good questions. Take a look at this link - https://www.backyardchickens.com/a/introducing-new-chickens-using-the-see-but-don-t-touch-method . For sure, having another feed station and roost will ease tension. Chickens hate change, and being moved to a new environment does little for their stress levels which likely will not be helping matters.

    Coop and run size are additional factors to consider.
     
  5. otto1969

    otto1969 Just Hatched

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    my coop is 8x10 base and 7ft tall with two nest boxes and a four foot long roost. modeled after a 4 to 6 bird coop I saw online
     
  6. KikisGirls

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    Is it possible to put a wire barrier up to separate them/split the coop in half?
     
  7. KikisGirls

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    Im GUESSING they are probably just mad....mad about moving and mad about having a new sister in their face. lol
     
  8. Pork Pie Ken

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    I'd just begun to type that [​IMG] If not, then providing places of refuge would be good for the victim. What size is your run, or do you free range them?
     
  9. KikisGirls

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    LOL Hi Ken!!!
     
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  10. otto1969

    otto1969 Just Hatched

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