In the Brooder
- Mar 27, 2018
I have a Wyandotte, a golden camping, and a speckled Sussex all in the same pen with a rooster that is just now starting to show interest in mating. They all came from the same breeder and from what I understand, the Wyandotte and campine were in the same proximity. When we got them, these two hens did not have their tail feathers. The lady said that they had been pecked out by the rooster that was in the pen with them. They are slowly but surely growing back in. Everything was fine for the first few weeks. The hens got along great. One day, I came out to the pen, and found that my speckled sussex's eye was swollen, so I sat and watched. My Wyandotte was pecking at it. I am not sure if it because the rooster can only get a old of her right now, or what, but I don't know what to do at this point. I tried separating her into a separate smaller pen next to our big pen for a few days to see if I could change the pecking order up a bit, but when I put her back in to the big pen, she started going after my speckled Sussex again. I' at a loss. Can someone please help me. Would adding another hen with tail feathers help even things out since the Sussex is the only one that has them right now? Should I separate the rooster out? Should I just let them work it out? I don' want my Sussex to go blind if she starts pecking at her eye again.