My young polish is being bullied. help!

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by XxMingirlxX, Feb 2, 2014.

  1. XxMingirlxX

    XxMingirlxX Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 12, 2013
    Lancashire, England
    Hi, I have recently introduced my young chickens to the exbatteries and my older polish hen Sophie. Since then Sophie has been attacking little Torchic (the young new polish) I have tried separating them but when ever they are back together Sophie will just go for her to the point where Torchic just hides under the coop. The other young hens I introduced are different breeds so are a lot bigger that Torchic and can hold there own. The exbatteries are fine with the others, it's only Sophie who's the problem.

    Sorry this has been a bit rambley but I need suggestions to stop this happening apart from separation. Thanks guys

    Millie :jumpy :cd :barnie
    Last edited: Feb 2, 2014
  2. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Show me the way old friend Staff Member

    Mar 21, 2011
    New Mexico, USA
    My Coop

    Polish are frequently bullied because of their top hats and small size. I would take Sophie and separate her for a couple of weeks. This will allow this new bird to get adjusted to the new flock and possibly change the pecking order enough that when Sophie comes back in, she is not as aggressive. This is usually the method taken for aggressive birds. But sometimes birds that are aggressive never stop and there would need to be some permanent changes in the flock by either rehoming the aggressor or sending them to the stew pot.

    Always deal with the aggressor. They are the ones causing the problem, not the shier birds. So if you have to, remove the more aggressive bird.

    Good luck with your birds.
  3. XxMingirlxX

    XxMingirlxX Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 12, 2013
    Lancashire, England
    Thanks for your suggestion, I'll see how it goes but I would still like more ideas.
  4. gander007

    gander007 Chicken Obsessed

    Alright Millie, [​IMG] great to have you here in the flock [​IMG]

    Sound's like you have a hen who want's to put down her dominance [​IMG]

    This will all pass in time just do not let it go to a blood bath [​IMG]

    It is interesting how a couple of weeks makes a difference [​IMG]
  5. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 True BYC Addict Premium Member

    Feb 18, 2011
    Hello :frow and Welcome To BYC! X3 remove Sophie for awhile to knock her down in the pecking order. You might also try pinless peepers or bumper bits for the aggressive hens for awhile. Giving them lots of entertaining things to do to get her attention off of the polish might be worth a try throw them a bale of hay in the run etc. But like TwoCrows said, birds like polish and silkies can be a problem in a mixed flock, and I would be prepared to have to separate them permanently.
  6. Polish can be that way sometimes They are great chickens I love them, I raise Bantam Polish but sometimes the older Polish hens can be bullies. Hope it all works out.

    And Welcome to BYC from Southern California! [​IMG]
  7. XxMingirlxX

    XxMingirlxX Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 12, 2013
    Lancashire, England
    I thought about the issue, but she is being bullied by another polish, a mixed flock isn't the issue.
  8. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
  9. Chooks23

    Chooks23 New Egg

    Feb 3, 2014
    I love the name of your young polish , its super cool [​IMG]

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