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My poor chicken keeps getting beat up!

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Debnboyd, Mar 5, 2016.

  1. Debnboyd

    Debnboyd Out Of The Brooder

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    We have an egger that everyone is fighting with. This flock was raised together and has been fine for 2 years.It started about 4 days ago so we have her confined in a cage in the garage to heal. I don't know what happened but one day they just started. I've taken her outside when the others are out for their evening adventure but as soon as they see her, they will all gang up on her and start pecking her in the yard. I'm afraid since they are targeting her face and neck they will peck her eyes. Today, we thought we'd try introducing her back into the group (there are 8 total) and as soon as we put her down they all went after her. Even when she flew up to her roost, they went up there too, She seems healthy. We tried changing scent with diatomaceous dirt and seven, but it didn't help. What could be causing this? They have plenty of room, the coop is about 24' x 10'. We had a rooster we rehomed about a month ago. Any help would be appreciated!
     
  2. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Runs With Chickens Premium Member

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    This time of year hormones are surging in poultry, birds are bickering and fighting, yours is not the first I've read on this site. It might help to put her in a separate pen within your pen for a few weeks while everyone calms down. After a while of not being able to peck her might get them to forget about it.
     
  3. Debnboyd

    Debnboyd Out Of The Brooder

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    OK Thanks. I was just afraid I'd go out there one morning and find her severely bloody and beaten. The chicken world is brutal!
     
  4. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Runs With Chickens Premium Member

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    it certainly can be brutal. They will sometimes peck someone to death, so certainly separate her out within sight of the others or separate out the bully. Always provide places for everyone to get away from each other. Perches, boxes, barrels, things to get on top of, under, or in.
     
  5. austrolover1

    austrolover1 Chillin' With My Peeps

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  6. Debnboyd

    Debnboyd Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks
     

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