New to group and need advice

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by markergirl77, Mar 29, 2016.

  1. markergirl77

    markergirl77 New Egg

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    Hi everyone i'm Bonnie! I have 5 chickens 3 Rhode island reds and 2 ameraucanas/easter eggers. I'm having problems with bullying in the group. The top dog in the group is attacking the 2 ameraucanas, she jumps ontop of them and pecks at their combs, looks like she's trying to rip it off. She's also pecked most of the feathers off their lower backs and their neck they're pretty raw. [​IMG] I don't have anyway to separate them rather than putting them in a dog cage but I don't want to punish them for being picked on and I don't want to put the bully in there alone. I just got some blue kote and also some microcynah and applied that to their wounds so im hoping for the best!! If y'all have any other ideas or suggestions please let me know!!
     
  2. Ol Grey Mare

    Ol Grey Mare One egg shy of a full carton. ..... Premium Member

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    welcom to BYC, sorry you are having difficulties in your flock. Can you tell us an approximate age of your birds? How much space are the birds currently housed in? Are you certain of the gender of all the birds in your group (even if sold to you as pullets that alone is not a guarantee)? How long have you had the birds and did they come together as one group or were they from more than one source and have been integrated?
     
  3. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    The mean one needs to come out of there before it kills your other flock members. Chickens often resort to cannibalism, so I wouldn't concern myself with a bully's feelings (if they have any) and instead want to keep the others safe and healthy. Most people do pull the mean ones out and cage them - which sometimes sobers them up. Other times they are even meaner when put back in the flock. Chicken folks will tell you, the meanest birds make the best soup. You can try 'pinless peepers," on meany. They prevent the bird from seeing straight ahead which throws their aim off. You can put "pinless peepers," in the search box to find out about them.

    If this bird is truly as bad as you say - it needs to be eliminated from your flock.
     
  4. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    PS RIR are known to be aggressive
     
  5. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Monkey Business Premium Member

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    HI and welcome to BYC - glad to have you onboard with us. I agree that these pertinent questions need to be answered in order for you to find a long term solution.

    All the best
    CT
     
  6. 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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