My chicken is a bully

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Min27, Sep 18, 2012.

  1. Min27

    Min27 Out Of The Brooder

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    Maybe I made a bad problem worse.

    I have 4 chickens right now. One is a broody pekin, two are isabrowns and one is a little bantam belgian duccle. A couple of months ago we managed to "save" one of the isabrowns from internal laying, but ever since we did that, she's become really aggressive toward the belgian duccle (the isabrown was aggressive to begin with but the vet treatment might have made it worse).

    Today I had to save the belgian duccle from the isabrown. She had the feathers on the back of her head picked off, and there was a bit of bleeding there, as well as on the comb. We put the isabrown in solitary confinement (which I was a bit reluctant to do) and held the belgian duccle until she calmed down. She's now eating and grazing with the other chicken, but still in a bit of shock.

    Now I don't know what to do with my aggressive isabrown. I have a feeling there was some testosterone in the drug the vet gave her for the internal laying. We can't sell her, because she doesn't lay anymore and the drug she was given will only last 6 months (well about 3 months from now).
     
    Last edited: Sep 18, 2012
  2. lizanne

    lizanne Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That's rough!! To spend money at the vet to save her, then to have issues like that. Have a you asked the vet's opinion? You could just separate her for 3 months?
     
  3. Min27

    Min27 Out Of The Brooder

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    Sorry I took so long to reply. We've worked out a new system. The isabrown is now locked in our big cage during the day, and my belgian is slowly recovering from the shock. We have another cage with the broody pekin inside it, which we now get the belgian to sleep with at night. They're all slowly adjusting to the changes.

    The bleeding part on the back of the belgian's head has scabbed up, which is good. She just needs to avoid getting stressed. My mum thinks we should just "deal" with our aggressive isabrown (which I'm not too happy about because I hand raised it, but I don't want any other chickens to be killed).
     

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