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Newbie with a dominant hen question

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by soulshinetractor, May 2, 2009.

  1. soulshinetractor

    soulshinetractor Hatching

    May 2, 2009
    Greetings fellow bird lovers! Nice to find this community.

    My family just started a backyard layer tractor set-up. We have an A frame with a yard (~4x7), a ladder into a protected roost area with a bar and two nesting boxes.

    We got three ~ 1 year old RIRs today from farmer with a large flock and introduced them to their new home. They seem to be doing fine overall - we even got one egg already!

    However, one of the gals seems to be very dominant... she seems to be keeping the other two hens up in the roost!

    Is this normal? Normal for a little while as they settle in to their new home? Will the three hens normalize relations and do fine or should we worry about the two dominated ladies?

    Thanks for any tips. We're completely new to this and want to do the right thing by our new hens.

  2. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast Premium Member

    May 14, 2008
    North Phoenix
    My Coop
    Hi there and first off...


    They should normalize in a few days. If they don't you may need to put the dominant one in Chicken jail for a day or two.[​IMG]

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  3. cmom

    cmom Hilltop Farm

    Nov 18, 2007
    My Coop
    [​IMG] I agree with Mahonri. I had a couple of hens that were very agressive. I put them in Chicken jail.

  4. soulshinetractor

    soulshinetractor Hatching

    May 2, 2009
    Thanks for the input thus far!

    Today the situation seems about the same.

    The two "dominated" hens won't come down out the roost on their own. (If we help them gain access, they'll come.)

    It seems like the dominant hen is keeping them up there.

    What might a simple "chicken jail" look like?

    Any other thoughts?

    Guidance all much appreciated!

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