Newbie chicken owner

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by NilaP, Sep 10, 2013.

  1. NilaP

    NilaP New Egg

    Sep 10, 2013
    We are new to being chicken owners and know very little. We live in north Texas and just received our chickens from our neighbor who moved 2 weeks ago. He gave us 6 hens one of which died the next day. We're not sure if it was stress or heat related (it was 104° that day) but e figured out how to keep them cool with ice jugs. We need to build them a bigger coop because theirs is tiny and hard to manner when cleaning. I think they are approximately 6 months old and 3 of the 5 are now laying. The only thing I'm concerned with is one of the hens had become very aggressive with one other hen and my daughter. Neither will be anywhere near the aggressive one and it will charge and peck them. What can I do to calm her down?

    This was all of them the day we received them

    This is 4 of the 5 we still have. They free range most of the day. Can you tell me what kind if hens they are?
  2. NilaP

    NilaP New Egg

    Sep 10, 2013
    The red hen on the right is the aggressive one towards the golden one
  3. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

    May 3, 2009
    New Jersey
    Welcome to BYC. There is always a certain amount of aggression in chicken flocks. The pecking order or 'chicken society' can at times be brutal. The golden one (Buff Orpington) looks none the worse for wear. That being said I personally would not tolerate any aggression towards a child. If it can not be resolved that hen would become chicken stew.
  4. 1muttsfan

    1muttsfan Overrun With Chickens

    Mar 26, 2011
    Upper Peninsula Michigan
    Hi and welcome to BYC from northern Michigan [​IMG]

    The hen on the right looks like she might be a Rhode Island Red. They do tend to be assertive, and can be bullies sometimes especially in close confinement. Take her away from the other birds and lock her up in time out for several days, often when they are re-introduced they have been knocked out of the pecking order and are less aggressive. I agree with Sourland, if after that she continues to be aggressive towards your daughter she should be rehomed - someplace else or the stewpot.

    The striped hen is a Barred Plymouth Rock.

    you might want to look in the Texas thread, located in the Where am I - Where are You section of the Forum, for help in hot-weather chicken keeping.
  5. NilaP

    NilaP New Egg

    Sep 10, 2013
    Ya I just thought she was being aggressive to my daughter because she's small (she's only 2) I don't keep them cooped except at night. They do go into the coop during the heat of the day because that's where the ice jugs are kept. I will separate her and see if that helps :) We have 2 striped ones (one is darker than the other) I'm not sure if they are both the same kind of hen but they look really close so probably. Thank so much for figuring out the breeds for me :)
  6. ChirpyChicks1

    ChirpyChicks1 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 22, 2013
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  7. liz9910

    liz9910 Overrun With Chickens

    Apr 8, 2012
    Northern California
    Welcome to BYC! I had a Rhode Island Red hen that would charge me, attack me if I turned around etc. I wasn't sad when I got rid of her.
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    Mr MKK FARMS Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

    Sep 27, 2012
    Welcome to BYC! Glad you joined us! [​IMG]
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  9. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
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  10. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

    Jun 15, 2012
    My Coop
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