My rescued DOM

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by 7L Farm, Mar 9, 2012.

  1. 7L Farm

    7L Farm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I rescued this Dom pullet over a year ago & put her with 10 red hens & 1 red roo. It was a very trying time for her. She struggled through everyone except the roo picking on her. They never hurt her just chased her & pecked her.She's never ever shown aggression to any of them. Well, she has always been on the bottom. I had to take one girl from the flock who was pecked badly by the others no blood just no feathers. I isolated her till her feathers came back.
    The other day I finally said today she's going back with the flock. They were ranging & I let her out. I supervised so no one would get hurt. The Dom actually attacked her I couldn't believe my eyes. I thought wow she's finally off the bottom & can strut around like hey I'm someone now. They all settled down & are getting along. Chicken drama is something else.
     
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  2. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    Everyone is always looking for the opportunity to increase their position. Any perceived weakness will be exploited. Just chicken society at it's finest.
     
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    7L Farm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I agree I'd just never seen her show aggression ever. I was happy that her rank was changed. She fits in alot better now.The Dom had such a hard time for too long. I know I'm crazy but I can tell she feels more accepted now.Poor thing ranges with 26 red chickens she's the only different one.
     
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    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    Quite frankly, at times, chickens much like humans tend to distrust/dislike that which is perceived as 'different'. They are more instinctual we are supposedly more cerebral - what's our excuse?
     
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    7L Farm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Maybe prejudice.I'm glad I have the dom but don't recommend anyone to introduce only one different colored chicken to an existing flock I had a very hard struggle in choosing to do this.She is my favorite & only her & my one roo have names. Its hard to name chickens that all look the same. O I take that back I have one other that has curled toes I call her curly toes. Everyone told me to cull her. I kept her & she lays lots of eggs.
     

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