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Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by 3henlady, Mar 23, 2016.

  1. 3henlady

    3henlady New Egg

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    Hi all! I became a new Mama to 3 Dominique chicks in September. Only one had laid any eggs thus far and she is super mean to the other two. She tried to peck them off their perches, prevents them from eating etc.
    This has been going on for a few weeks.
    Two days ago we completed their outdoor coop (moved them from the tiny one in the garage) and it seems they are all miserable. No one is laying.

    Any ideas???
     
  2. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    Meany needs to be dealt with quickly, hopefully she isn't causing the others to starve. Either she needs to be swimming in a pot of soup, rehomed, or separated from the others.

    This has been going on too long. At least partition the coop/run so she can be confined on one side, and the others safe from her on the other side. You could try getting pinless peepers for Meany. Please put that in the search box so you see what they are. They prevent a bird from seeing straight ahead so their aim is off.

    The others may not be laying because they are so stressed out
     
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  3. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Monkey Business Premium Member

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    Hi and welcome to BYC. I agree with DD's sentiments entirely.

    More generally, the Learning Centre is a great resource, even for experienced chicken keepers - loads of info on anything chicken. https://www.backyardchickens.com/atype/1/Learning_Center

    Joining your state thread will put you in touch with other BYC members in your area, which can be helpful (just type the name of your state in the search box).

    All the best
    CT
     
  4. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life Out of the Woods Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us! :)
     

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