more bullying!

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Lisa Orrey, Oct 29, 2015.

  1. Lisa Orrey

    Lisa Orrey New Egg

    Jul 13, 2015
    Hi. I have 5 hens. 2 light sussex 1 buff Orpington 1 speckled orpington and a mare. Since giving away my bluebell, who was severely bullying the smaller maren, it seems that the maren has become the dominant female which I understand and am ok with but at night all the hens sleep in the 2 right hand nesting area, all squashed together leaving the right hand side of the coop empty. The 2 light sussex sleep together in the area with the buff Orpington facing them
    Every day now the buff Orpington is becoming balder and balder and the coop is filled with her feathers. This only happens at night. Please help and tell me how to deal with this as before long she will be naked. It's such a shame as she is the nicest bird and was the most beautiful. Thank you.
  2. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    If you know which one is doing the bullying - make her sleep by herself in a cage, if she is the one pulling feathers at night. Birds also should not be sleeping in the nesting area, or they will poo all over the eggs.
  3. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

    Jun 15, 2012
    Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us! :)
  4. N F C

    N F C phooey! Premium Member Project Manager

    Dec 12, 2013

    x2 on Drumstick diva's comments.
  5. Lisa Orrey

    Lisa Orrey New Egg

    Jul 13, 2015
    I'm not sure which one is pecking the buff. They lay their eggs in the left 2 nesting boxes and sleep in the right hand 2 nesting boxes! I was thinking if putting the 2 orpington in a spare coop.
  6. Frindizzle

    Frindizzle Guitar Girl <3 Premium Member

    Welcome to BYC! [​IMG]
  7. NickyKnack

    NickyKnack Love is Silkie soft!

    Welcome to BYC and the coop! There's a lot of great peeps here! Feel free to ask lots of questions. But most of all, make yourself at home. I'm so glad you decided to joined the BYC family. I look forward to seeing you around BYC.
  8. trailrider330

    trailrider330 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 4, 2013
    Midwest America
    Welcome to the BYC flock! We are glad you joined us!


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