My little small holding is growing

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Walpolesh, Aug 21, 2016.

  1. Walpolesh

    Walpolesh New Egg

    8
    0
    9
    Aug 21, 2016
    Hi

    I have a broody hen sitting on eggs very happily however recently one of the other hens keeps attacking her :( any advice??
     
  2. Yorkshire Coop

    Yorkshire Coop Moderator Staff Member

    17,883
    3,319
    471
    Aug 16, 2014
    Yorkshire, UK
    My Coop
  3. Walpolesh

    Walpolesh New Egg

    8
    0
    9
    Aug 21, 2016
    Thanks for that we are going to separate her I think. We've had issues with the flock since our dominant hen died. It seems like they are battling for power, is this common
     
  4. Yorkshire Coop

    Yorkshire Coop Moderator Staff Member

    17,883
    3,319
    471
    Aug 16, 2014
    Yorkshire, UK
    My Coop
  5. redsoxs

    redsoxs Chicken Obsessed

    25,645
    1,834
    463
    Jul 17, 2011
    North Central Kansas
    Howdy from Kansas and :welcome. Pleased you joined us. Yorkshire gave you a great link so I'll just say best wishes and thanks for joining!
     
  6. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    82,339
    9,985
    796
    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    Yes, separate mama. If she is attacked now, her chicks will be attacked later also.
     
  7. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

    84,499
    3,794
    646
    Jun 15, 2012
    Washington
    My Coop
    Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us! :)
     
  8. Walpolesh

    Walpolesh New Egg

    8
    0
    9
    Aug 21, 2016
    Hi thanks for all your help appreciate it
    I now have two chickens that won't get up on the perch. They are nesting like broody hens over night but out and about during the day. What should I do?
     
  9. QueenMisha

    QueenMisha Queen of the Coop

    Welcome to BYC. It's great to have you! I agree with everyone else, I've had mamas and chicks attacked and even killed when they were left to brood with the flock.


    Could be laziness, or overcrowding of the roost. This can also be indicative of a health issue. Give them a good physical examination and make sure they seem healthy, and consider adding another roost to your coop. I've also had hens who simply decided they didn't want to roost anymore, not often, but occasionally.
     
  10. Walpolesh

    Walpolesh New Egg

    8
    0
    9
    Aug 21, 2016
    Hi thanks for the advice
     

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by