New chicken owner concerns

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by MamaB5272, Jan 26, 2018.

  1. MamaB5272

    MamaB5272 In the Brooder

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    I have a small flock of 5. Mother hen and 4 pullets the hen is being very aggressive to one hen in particular, she does stand out could possible be the oldest she's the only one with wattle and comb visible, hen keeps charging at her and pecking at her it's like she's banned from the group she wont even let her eat/drink with the rest of them. Poor pullet is so terrified she didn't even want to go into the coop tonight with the rest. Now sure what I should do and if this is normal. A few weeks ago they were all just fine. Help plz
     
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  2. bobbi-j

    bobbi-j Crossing the Road

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    Did the hen hatch the 4 herself? How old are they? Are you sure it's a pullet that's being "picked on"?
     
  3. MamaB5272

    MamaB5272 In the Brooder

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    Yes it is a pullet being picked on but only by the oldest hen. I am not 100% sure if she hatched it but she was taking care of her when I got them. The littles are about 3-4 months and hen is just about a year.
     
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  4. Fields Mountain Farm

    Fields Mountain Farm Beyond Poultry Dome

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  5. Fields Mountain Farm

    Fields Mountain Farm Beyond Poultry Dome

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    Can you post pic of all of the chicks?
     
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  6. bobbi-j

    bobbi-j Crossing the Road

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    Since this is the only one showing comb and wattles at this time, I am wondering if this might be a young cockerel that has been getting "cheeky" with the hen and she's teaching him some manners. Could you post pics of the babies? Good front and side shots are helpful.
     
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  7. MamaB5272

    MamaB5272 In the Brooder

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  8. MamaB5272

    MamaB5272 In the Brooder

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    Posted some pics above I was thinking I could possible have a cockerel because the person I bought from was unsure, but I looked the saddle and I was sure it was a pullet, I'm so new that I could be confused though. Also I can post a good side pic tomorrow am.
     
  9. MamaB5272

    MamaB5272 In the Brooder

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    I put some up!
     
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  10. SA&P

    SA&P Songster

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    I am following this thread with interest as I want to add three girls into my trio of Silkies this year.
    I have read on here that if forced to bed down together and confined, the littlest could be pecked to death.
    Is this the time they should be separated?
     

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