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my rhode island reds are so mean!!!!!!!!!!

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by quintinp, Jan 22, 2011.

  1. quintinp

    quintinp Songster

    Oct 22, 2010
    Southern Oklahoma
    i have two rhode island reds in my small coop, with a few more other hens, but my rhode island red hens are so mean, i cant introduce new chickens to the flock without them dang near killin 'em i dont wanna kill them, but i wanna get rid of them

  2. CMV

    CMV Flock Mistress

    Apr 15, 2009
    Put an ad on Craigslist. Laying hens should be easy to get rid of. If they are decent layers you may get a bit of money for them. Some chickens are just ill-tempered. I have a GLW that is a bully and a brute. I should have dispatched her years ago. It would have saved me many integration woes. [​IMG]

    Good luck.
  3. MakNugget

    MakNugget Songster

    May 31, 2010
    Portland, OR
    Unless you're seeing blood, they're fine. It's hard to desensitize from all the chasing and feather picking but it has to happen for pecking order.

    Even after it seems obvious what the pecking order should be, they will dish out reminders.

    You didn't mention how old they were... my RIR calmed down (actually all my birds did) quite a bit after a week or two of laying. It's quite heartbreaking seeing how mean they can get but in my case it was worth waiting.
  4. Kathleen1115

    Kathleen1115 In the Brooder

    Jan 21, 2011
    Red, our RIR was the sweetest most gentle chick in the flock. Loved to be held and would fall asleep in anyone's lap. For the last month she has been aggressive to any humans who enter the coop, pecks your hands and feet and give you an evil eye. What gives? She's 21 weeks old and hasn't started laying yet. She's not aggressive with the other chickens and I think she may be on the bottom of the pecking order.
  5. bock

    bock Songster

    Oct 10, 2008
    Northern CA
    I have heard people say they were aggressive, but my one RIR hen is the nicest of the flock. Rose lays me an egg every day, and she is the only chicken of ours that actually comes up to us to be pet. However, her and my bantam cochin do gang up on my chihauhau mix and peck her in the face! I guess they just don't like little dogs? [​IMG] I hope the 4 RIRs I just ordered are good natured! [​IMG]
  6. Beekissed

    Beekissed Free Ranging

    I've always had nice RIR, no matter where they were purchased. Actually, I have had chickens of many breeds and never could really call any of them "mean"....no excessive pecking, chasing, fighting at all. Maybe because I free range? I'm not sure but I can't recall a chicken being overly mean to the others in the flock.

    Do you have a roo? Maybe they are just dominant hens because you have no roo? Most of the people who complain about one breed or other being mean seems to have no roo to keep things in order, so the hens seem to be filling that job.
  7. quintinp

    quintinp Songster

    Oct 22, 2010
    Southern Oklahoma
    yeah there is a rooster, he is a gold laced polish, he is really nice, i also forgot to mention that the two hens are about to be 4 years old [​IMG] [​IMG]

  8. nwfl

    nwfl Songster

    Jan 4, 2011
    Northwest Florida
    I've had RIR and various sex links and they all made it into a soup pot eventually after terrorizing other birds. Tried time out pens but they usually continued assaults. I like a calm flock with a couple of dominant hens who don't need to lash out for the rest of the ladies to step aside. My roos have their own breeder pens on opposite side of layer run. Hens are only introduced when I breed them.
  9. quintinp

    quintinp Songster

    Oct 22, 2010
    Southern Oklahoma
    even my rhode island red chicks are mean, i think it is in their jeans, hahaha [​IMG] genes
  10. Happy Chooks

    Happy Chooks Moderator Staff Member

    Jul 9, 2009
    Northern CA
    My Coop
    My RIR is the sweetest thing to people. But introduce new chickens and she would terrorize them. I guess she figured that since she was the bottom of the pecking order for so long, that it was her turn to abuse others. I actually bought pinless peepers for her, but when they finally arrived, the bullying had stopped. She has improved over time and getting used to chickens being integrated, and not so abusive anymore, but chickens still steer clear of her. She's my son's chicken, so I can't get rid of her. She's a great layer too.

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