New hen gets picked on

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by MTwannabe, Oct 14, 2013.

  1. MTwannabe

    MTwannabe New Egg

    Oct 14, 2013
    First, I'd like to to introduce myself and let everyone know that I'm new to the forum. I just moved from CO to MT (in March) to be a bit more laid back with the wife and kids. And know for the real question......
    We have 4 Rhode Island Red that are about 9 months and just bought an Americano about the same age. Our problem is the new American gets picked on and seems to stay by herself. The 4 will roost with her at night but during the day they like to chase her from the food and such. Any ideas as to how to help her to fit in?

  2. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

    May 3, 2009
    New Jersey
    [​IMG] The chicken social order - (the pecking order) it is not kind. New or smaller birds are picked upon by established or larger birds. Provide additional feeding and water stations to assure that she gets to eat and drink. If they are not causing serious harm, all is on track for her to eventually be accepted. What is happening is normal chicken behavior.

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