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New to the coop hen being attacked by established hen

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Lisa91, Dec 8, 2015.

  1. Lisa91

    Lisa91 New Egg

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    Help I need advice, my neighbours dog got my lovely hen yesterday :(
    I found another locally to place in the coop. I only had two chickens so one egg would almost be pointless to collect.
    After a small amount of time the new hen went and sat in the nesting box and rested meanwhile my old hen was flying at the wires banging her head and kicking the door. She was cackling which is unusual.

    I left them alone to calm down, this evening I had to go out and noticed my old hen standing on the new hens beck pecking her red thingy and making it bleed so ive separated them. My old hen is in bed and my new hen in the cat carry cage.

    How do I make this work?
     
  2. OrganicFarmWife

    OrganicFarmWife Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The old hen is claiming dominance, establishing a pecking order. Keep them seperate but so they can see each other for a week or so. also keep two sources of water and food in the coop. time will help.
     
  3. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life Out of the Woods Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us! :)
     
  4. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    Welcome to Backyard chickens. Put " how to integrate new bird," in the search box - some articles should pop up. Chickens have a very strict pecking order even if there are only two of them. Your dominant hen is letting the newbie understand she is boss.
     
  5. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Monkey Business Premium Member

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    Hi and welcome to BYC. Great advice has been given already.

    Ct
     
  6. sunflour

    sunflour Flock Master Premium Member

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    trailrider330 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Welcome to the BYC flock! We are glad you joined us!

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